Welcoming Dr. Jung Wook Park

Dr. Jung Wook Park

It is my great pleasure to welcome Jung Wook Park PhD as a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology.   Dr. Park relocates to Duke from the University of California – Los Angeles where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Owen Witte MD.   He earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where his research defined the interplay between human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated carcinogenesis, oncogenes and cellular DNA damage repair processes using animal models.   Dr. Park's research utilizes a novel ex vivo 3D organoid culture system using human cells to (1) identify cells of origin for human prostate cancer and (2) define key genetic drivers or determinants of prostate cancer development and differentiation.   The ex vivo system used in Dr. Park’s 2018 Science publication “Reprogramming normal human epithelial tissues to a common, lethal neuroendocrine cancer lineage.” was recognized as  “….a powerful new tool to model and study cancer development in human cells.”  His research is supported by an NIH K99 award “Defining the essential determinants of prostate cancer differentiation states”.     Dr. Park is the Rollie Endowed Assistant Professor for Correlative Pathology.   Please join me in welcoming Dr. Park to the Department of Pathology.

Herman Staats, PhD
Vice Chair of Research