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Heesoo Park
Post-Doctoral Fellow

312 CARL Building
Box 3546 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.684.9702
Fax: 919.684.5458
Email: heesoo.park@duke.edu

Heesoo Park

Biography

I received my doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I completed my thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Jae-Hyuk Yu. My research focused on understanding the mechanisms of the fungal development and secondary metabolism in the genus of Aspergillus. I characterized the fungal specific velvet regulators, including VeA, VelB, VelC and VosA, in three different Aspergillus species including A. nidulans (model), A. fumigatus (pathogen), and A. flavus (aflatoxin producer). Our results proposed that the Velvet proteins are multi-functional regulators which play crucial and differential roles in fungal differentiation, sporogenesis and toxigenesis. In addition, these proteins are fungus-specific transcription factors with DNA binding activities. After I finished my PhD, I joined Dr. Heitman’s lab in April 2014. My current research focuses on the calcineurin-signaling pathways in Cryptococcus neoformans
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