Hee-Young Park, PhD



Professor Dermatology

Assistant Dean, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Boston University School of Medicine

72 East Concord Street, L-317

Boston, MA 02118

Office: 617.638.5527

Fax: 617.638.5740


1980 BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1986 PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1987-1990 Research Associate Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

Research Interests

Cellular and molecular mechanisms and pathway regulating human pigmentation, as well as their potential roles in melanoma and other pigment related disorders.  Other research include the role of chronic wound fluid during healing of chronic wounds.



Hee-Young Park, PhD is the Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Park’s research has been focused on elucidating molecular and cellular pathways regulating human pigmentation to make advancement in developing targeted therapies in pigment-associated disorders.  Her research also includes areas of wound healing, specifically the role of wound fluid in non-healing wounds. In addition, Dr. Park has been active in teaching graduate, medical and dental students, as well as mentoring many fellows, post-doctoral and doctoral students.  She is a recipient of numerous awards, including American Venous Forum, Venous Research Award, Journal of Wound Care Award 1998, Teacher of the Year for the International Graduate Training Program in Dermatology (IGPD) and Amal Kurban Career Development Award. Dr. Park is a member of BUSM Admissions Committee, Committee on Faculty Affairs and is also serving as the Co-Chair of Committee on Committees.

Selected Publications

    1. M. Yaar and H.Y. Park (2011) “Melanocyte: A Window into the Nervous System” J Invest Derm
    2. Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae-Harboe and Hee-Young Park (2012) “Tyrosinase: A Central regulatory protein for cutaneous pigmentation” J Invest Derm 132: 2678-2680
    1. Byers HR, Boissel SJ, Tu C, Park HY. (2010) “RNAi-mediated knockdown of protein kinase C-alpha inhibits cell migration in MM-RU human metastatic melanoma cell line.Melanoma Res. 20(3):171-8.
    2. 2. Park HY, Wu C, Yaar M, Stachur CM, Kosmadaki M, Gilchrest BA.(2009) “ Role of BMP-4 and its Signaling Pathways in Cultured Human Melanocytes”. Int J Cell Biol. Epub 2009 Dec 30.
    3. M. Yaar, C. Wu, H.Y. Park, I. Panova, B.A.Gilchrest. (2006) “Bone morphogenetic protein-4: A novel modulator of melanogenesis.” J Biol Chem. 281: 25307-25314.
    4. H.Y. Park, C. Wu, L. Yonemoto, M. Murphy-Smith, H. Wu, B.A. Gilchrest. (2006) “MITF mediates cAMP-induced PKC-β expression in human melanocytes.” Biochemical J. 395: 571-578.
    5. Kosmadaki M. G., Naif A., Park H.Y. (2010)  Recent progresses in understanding pigmentationGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2010 February;145(1):47-55
    6. H.Y Park, M. Yaar and B.A. Gilchrest. (2009): Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences “Cellular mechanism of melanogenesis” Cell and Mol Life Sci