Research Interests

In pathological context, the cell cycle is commonly associated with cancer biology. However, an increasing number of research findings suggest a potential role of neuronal cell cycle dysregulation in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. In our lab we are utilizing our unique mouse model of neuronal cell cycle activation to help identify pathogenic mechanisms related to autism and Alzheimer’s disease. We also utilize a variety of genetic mouse models and molecular genetic methods in our preclinical research.

If you are interested in finding out more about our research program or joining our research team, please feel free to contact us! ​

​Undergraduate students are welcome

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Park, PhD
Assistant Professor​ 
Department of Psychology
Neuroscience Program
Phone: 989-774-3819​

Select Publications

Barrett, T., and Park, K. Sexually dimorphic effects of p35 knockdown on amyloidognesis in an AD mouse model (in preparation)

Park, K.H.J., Franciosi, S., Parrant, K., Lu, G., and Leavitt, B.R. (2017) p35 hemizygosity activates Akt but does not improve motor function in the YAC128 mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Neuroscience 352:79-87

Park KHJ (2015). Mechanisms of muscle denervation in aging: insights from a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Aging and Disease 6 (5): 380-389.

Park KHJ, Franciosi S, Leavitt BR (2013). Postnatal muscle modification by myogenic factors modulates neuropathology and survival in an ALS mouse model. Nat Commun, 4:2906.

Park KHJ, Lu G, Fan J, Raymond LA, Leavitt BR (2012). Decreasing levels of the cdk5 activators, p25 and p35, reduces excitotoxicity in striatal neurons. Journal of Huntington’s Disease, 1(1):89-96.

Park KHJ, Hallows JL, Chakrabarty P, Davies P, Vincent I (2007). Conditional neuronal simian virus 40 T antigen expression induces Alzheimer-like tau and amyloid pathology in mice. J Neurosci, 27(11): 2969-2978.