Hee-Young Park, PhD

Professor, Medical Sciences & Education

Hee-Young Park
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Hee-Young Park is a Professor and Chair of Medical Sciences & Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. As the Chair, Dr. Park is deeply committed to the education of both medical and graduate students at the School. Her department hosts the annual BUMC McCahan Education Conference where faculty, staff, students and trainees come together to present and share their educational scholarship. In addition, Dr. Park has established number of high school programs in STEM and Health Sciences for the Boston Public High Schools. In her role as the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Park oversees the faculty appointments and promotions processes, as well as offering CV reviews of individual faculty. Faculty Affairs office offer promotion workshops and other faculty development programs to assist faculty toward their academic advancements. . Dr. Park received both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and spent first 2 decades of her professional career as a biomedical researcher. Dr. Park’s research was focused on signaling pathways and factors that control skin color, aging and cutaneous wound healing. Specifically, she has made seminal contribution in these fields by discovering and characterizing the key role of serine/threonine kinases that turn on and off key enzymes and transcription factors. In addition to her research activities, she has consulted cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies interested in developing treatments for pigmentation-disorders. Dr. Park also has a long-standing interest in teaching and mentoring students. She has served as a faculty advisor and mentor to graduate students, medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Dermatology (excluding Mohs Surgery), Dermatology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dean’s Office, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Chair, Medical Sciences & Education, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS


  • Published on 4/3/2018

    Park HY, Berkowitz O, Symes K, Dasgupta S. The art and science of selecting graduate students in the biomedical sciences: Performance in doctoral study of the foundational sciences. PLoS One. 2018; 13(4):e0193901. PMID: 29614110.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Mitchell B, Leone D, Feller JK, Bondzie P, Yang S, Park HY, Mahalingam M. Correlation of chemokine receptor CXCR4 mRNA in primary cutaneous melanoma with established histopathologic prognosticators and the BRAF status. Melanoma Res. 2014 Dec; 24(6):621-5. PMID: 25211166.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2014

    Belisle ES, Park HY. Metformin: a potential drug to treat hyperpigmentation disorders. J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Oct; 134(10):2488-91. PMID: 25219649.

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  • Published on 7/2/2014

    Mitchell B, Leone D, Feller K, Menon S, Bondzie P, Yang S, Park HY, Mahalingam M. Protein expression of the chemokine receptor CXCR4 and its ligand CXCL12 in primary cutaneous melanoma--biomarkers of potential utility? Hum Pathol. 2014 Oct; 45(10):2094-100. PMID: 25130395.

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  • Published on 12/1/2012

    Bae-Harboe YS, Park HY. Tyrosinase: a central regulatory protein for cutaneous pigmentation. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Dec; 132(12):2678-80. PMID: 23187110.

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  • Published on 12/8/2011

    Yaar M, Park HY. Melanocytes: a window into the nervous system. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Mar; 132(3 Pt 2):835-45. PMID: 22158549.

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  • Published on 11/2/2010

    Park HY, Kim JH, Ji JH, Ahn SK, Hong SP. Variant of phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica. J Dermatol. 2011 Jul; 38(7):719-22. PMID: 21352309.

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  • Published on 6/1/2010

    Byers HR, Boissel SJ, Tu C, Park HY. RNAi-mediated knockdown of protein kinase C-alpha inhibits cell migration in MM-RU human metastatic melanoma cell line. Melanoma Res. 2010 Jun; 20(3):171-8. PMID: 20216103.

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  • Published on 12/30/2009

    Park HY, Wu C, Yaar M, Stachur CM, Kosmadaki M, Gilchrest BA. Role of BMP-4 and Its Signaling Pathways in Cultured Human Melanocytes. Int J Cell Biol. 2009; 2009:750482. PMID: 20130821.

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  • Published on 5/1/2009

    Park HY, Kosmadaki M, Yaar M, Gilchrest BA. Cellular mechanisms regulating human melanogenesis. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2009 May; 66(9):1493-506. PMID: 19153661.

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