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Hongkun Park

Hongkun Park

Harvard University

Hongkun Park is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and a Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is also affiliated with the Broad Institute, the Harvard Center for Brain Science, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University under the direction of Richard N. Zare in 1996, and joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1999.

Professor Park is working on fundamental studies of nanoscale electrical, optical, and plasmonic devices, as well as exploring possible technological applications of these devices. He is renowned for his invention of single-molecule transistors, and recently demonstrated a new solid-state device concept based on strong plasmon-matter interactions down to the single quantum level and dark optoplasmonic devices where the coupling occurs entirely in the near field.

Professor Park is also developing new nano- and microelectronic tools that can interface with living cells, cell networks, and organisms. He has shown that vertical nanowire arrays can serve as a platform to perturb cellular functions in a massively parallel fashion and to record real-time dynamics of in vitro and in vivo neuronal ensembles. These tools enable detailed cell circuit studies of living cells that have been notoriously difficult to study, including immune cells, stem cells, and neurons. These tools also allow detailed interrogation of design principles of complex cellular networks.

Professor Park received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award and Research Corporation Research Innovation Award in 1999, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering in 2001, the NSF-CAREER Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2002, the Ho-Am Foundation Prize in Science, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2003, a World Technology Network Fellowship in 2004, the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2008, and the fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.


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