My lab investigates the role of lipid metabolism (cholesterol, polyunsaturated fatty acids) in the pathogenesis of complex chronic diseases, such as atherosclerosis, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, and prostate cancer. I study molecular pathogenesis using genetically-modified mouse models to better understand dietary fat-gene interactions. I also use molecular and cell biology techniques for in vitro studies to expand mechanistic understanding. The focus of my work aligns with multiple centers and departments within our Medical Center.
Parks Lab - Studying intracellular cholesterol trafficking and its role in cellular signaling and lipogenesis and the role of lipid metabolism in chronic disease pathogenesis
Education Program Involvement
Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD
Program Research Interest: Analytical approaches to molecular and cellular synthesis, structure and function, Genetics and gene regulation, Cell communications, Organ systems, Pathophysiology