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Margaret  Park

Margaret Park

Margaret Park
Assistant Professor


Office: ISA 6203
Phone: 813/974-3999
Lab: ISA 6058


Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical and Translational Sciences
Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Virginia Commonwealth University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Genetics
College of Medicine
Tulane University

Bachelors of Science (B.S.), Biology
Erskine College Due West, SC

Professional Experience

2005 – 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University


My laboratory’s main interests lie at the conjunction of alternative mRNA splicing and cell motility / proliferation pathways and the clinical consequences (such as cancer) of dysregulation of these pathways. Alternative splicing is a process whereby a genome of roughly 25,000 genes gives rise to over 100,000 transcripts and a similarly large number of proteins. My laboratory uses both traditional and novel Next Generation Sequencing technologies to identify and characterize novel transcripts that lead to: the epithelial to mesenchymal transition, various stress responses, and eventually the transformation of primary cells to a more neoplastic phenotype.

Graduate Students

Emily Mayo, Shaun Stevens