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Kyung Chan (KC) Park

BSc (Hons), DPhil


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Focus: Cellular physiology of the cardiac myocyte

My longstanding interest in the biology of the heart led me to focus on a range of topics pertaining to cardiovascular science during my undergraduate degree (Biomedical Sciences, King’s College London; First Class Honours). Under the supervision of Professor Michael Marber, my dissertation considered cardiac troponin as a commonly used biomarker, but an imperfect, index of myocardial injury (review). After graduating in 2015, I subsequently joined the laboratory of Professor Michael Shattock at the Rayne Institute (BHF Centre of Research Excellence, King’s College London) on a Physiological Society Studentship, primarily to identify stimulators of the cardiac Na/K ATPase.

In 2016, I commenced the British Heart Foundation 4-Year Non-Clinical PhD Studentship in Cardiovascular Science at the University of Oxford, as a Postgraduate Student of The Queen’s College. After a rotation project with Assoc. Prof. Craig Lygate (Cardiac Energetics Group), I joined the Department in 2017 as a DPhil student of Prof. Pawel Swietach and the Proton Transport Laboratory (co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Nicola Smart). My doctoral research investigated the effects of dysregulated propionate metabolism on cardiac physiology.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I volunteered to pause my PhD project in order to carry out research on COVID-19. In August 2021, I completed my DPhil and continued working under Prof. Swietach as a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist. This position is funded by an Initial Grant from the Propionic Acidemia Foundation (PAF; United States) and a Career Development Award provided by the Oxford BHF Doctoral Training Programme to widen my skillset. From the Career Development Award, I began working Assoc. Prof. Thomas Milne at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

In addition to my research activities, I teach topics in Integrative Systems Physiology to Biomedical Sciences undergraduates through a position with Corpus Christi College, and I am currently training to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

Recent awards

July 2020: Paul Dudley White International Scholar, American Heart Association.

June 2020: Best Talk (Joint 1st), Sherrington Talks, Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics.

September 2019: Best Poster, Wellcome Trust OXION Annual Symposium (Integrative Physiology Initiative in Ion Channels and Diseases of Electrically Excitable Cells).

September 2019: Poster Commendation, Oxford BHF Centre of Research Excellence Annual Symposium.

Key publications

Recent publications

More publications

Forms of troponin released following cardiac myocyte death

From Park KC et al. Cardiac troponins: from myocardial infarction to chronic disease. Cardiovasc Res 2017;113:1708-1718