Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research)


Bong Sook Jhun, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University and Research Scientist at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH). Dr. Jhun received her PhD degree at Kyung Hee University School of Medicine in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She completed postdoctoral training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and University of Rochester, and worked as a Research Associate and Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University. Subsequently, she joined Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at RIH and Brown University as an Instructor of Medicine in January 2016. Her recent research has focused on the molecular mechanisms and functional roles of mitochondrial fission and mitochondrial Ca2+ influx for regulating mitochondrial and cellular functions in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. In continuing this line of research, she is currently exploring the novel role of Protein Kinase D (PKD) in cardiac mitochondrial damage during heart failure. This research is specifically focused on the cellular signaling mechanisms underlying abnormal mitochondrial morphology and mitochondrial dysfunction that contribute to cardiomyocyte death and heart failure development. Elucidation of these regulatory mechanisms will facilitate the design of novel therapeutic targets for the pharmacological management of heart failure.

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