Headshot portrait of Sung Jin Park - Bio-X Bowes Fellow
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2013
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: Jennifer Cochran (Bioengineering)

Research Title: Engineering protein scaffolds for targeted therapeutics

Research Description: Sung Jin is interested in combining concepts from biology, medicine, and engineering to advance creative new therapeutic technologies. More specifically, he hopes to work on the development of therapies that could help patients living in poverty throughout the world. One of his key research interests involves the development of virus-like particles for therapeutics. Using cell-free protein synthesis and non-natural amino acid incorporation, biomolecules such as therapeutic chemicals or immunogens can be directly conjugated to the viral coat protein surface. The functionalization of virus-like particles in this manner can have wide therapeutic applications such as targeted drug delivery and improved vaccination.


Sung Jin is a senior manager, value and access insights, at Amgen.