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Dr. Jonghyuck Park earned his Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and Biotechnology from the Korea University, Seoul South Korea. He received his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Korea University Medical School. During his early work at the Korean University, he utilized biomimetic hydrogels with various environmental cues to engineer an inhibitory microenvironment for nerve regeneration after neural trauma. He then joined the Ph.D. program in Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at the Purdue University. During his graduate studies under the guidance of Dr. Riyi Shi, his work focused on the role of oxidative stress in pathogenesis of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. After getting his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Park moved to the University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering from the Purdue University, where he worked in Dr. Lonnie Shea’s lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. At the Michigan, Dr. Park focused on developing immunomodulatory strategies for the functional regeneration after neural trauma.

In August 2019 Dr. Park joined the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Building off of a foundation from his experiences, Dr. Park research group is focusing on immunoengieering utilizing tools of tissue engineering, biomaterials, neural engineering, gene delivery, and nanotechnology to advance high-throughput therapeutic strategies to treat neural trauma and neural trauma-mediated neuroimmune disorders. He is also a faculty associate of the Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.




  • Neurology/Neuro Disorders
  • Gene therapy in Neural Trauma and Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Nanoengineered immune niches to reprogram the microenvironment
  • Developing biomimetic scaffolds for nerve repair and regeneration
  • Immunotherapy for neuroimmune disorders


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Michigan
  • PhD Purdue University
  • MS Korea University Medical School
  • BS Korea University

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.