|Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile
|1999||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||PhD, Nutrition|
|1997||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||MS, Nutrition|
|1991||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||BS, Biochemistry|
Dr. Park’s research focuses on the relationship between diet and cancer. He is interested in the function of carbohydrates that are attached to proteins and lipids during post-translational modification process. He is currently studying the family of carbohydrates called sialic acids. Since humans lack the enzyme to synthesis all types of sialic acids, diet is a source of sialic acids that are chemically different from those synthesized by humans. Interestingly, certain types of non-human sialic acids are enriched on the cell surface of cancers such as colon and breast cancers. Dr. Park is studying this enrichment process to explore the possibility that dietary sialic acids can be manipulated to prevent and control colon and breast cancers. Dr. Park is a fellow of the Marilyn Gentry Fellowship Program established at UNC-CH by the American Institute for Cancer Research/ World Cancer Research Fund.