Jong Yun, PhD - Penn State Cancer Institute
Jong Yun, PhD
Center for Cannabis and Natural Product Pharmaceuticals (CCNPP)
Dr. Jong Yun's work focuses on the development of sphingosine kinase (SphK) inhibitors as anti-cancer therapeutic agents.
The Yun research group is currently pursuing three separate projects that are centered around the development of therapeutic agents that specifically target SphK.
The first project, target identification, combines biochemistry and cell and molecular biology techniques to determine the signaling mechanisms associated with the functional role of SphK in normal and cancerous cells.
The second project, target validation, is closely associated with the physiological and/or pathological functions of SphK. To validate SphK as a therapeutic target, the lab currently has ongoing studies in collaboration with other investigators including clinicians such as oncologists and pathologists.
The third project, proof-of-concept studies, centers around the development of novel disease-specific and effective therapeutic approaches by targeting SphK. In this regard, Dr. Yun's work has already identified and refined novel SphK inhibitors (SKIs) by screening libraries of synthetic compounds. Currently, the lab has several ongoing proof-of-concept studies in collaboration with other investigators who have expertise medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry and in vivo mouse model systems.
- sphingosine kinase
- sphingosine 1-phosphate
- Messenger RNA
- Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha