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Young Cho

Young Cho, PhD

PhD, University of Wisconsin Medical School


Dr. Cho joined Marshall B. Ketchum University in 2017 and is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the College of Pharmacy. Prior to this, Dr. Cho has taught multiple courses of the basic medical sciences including Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Pathophysiology, Cell Biology, and Cancer Biology. Dr. Cho received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He completed his postdoctoral research on Drug Discovery and Gene Regulation at the Beckman Research Institute as a Beckman Fellow. Dr. Cho has been working on therapeutic applications of natural products including whole plant extracts and bile acids. Dr. Cho’s current research is focused on two main areas. First, the testing of anti-neoplastic cytostatic actions of various natural plant extracts in mammary carcinoma model system in vitro. This project includes the discovery of molecular targets and the active ingredients of the natural products. In addition to the non-genomic actions of these natural products, genomic actions of these in terms of the responsive gene spectrum are examined with microarray analysis. Currently, Dr. Cho is examining potential connection between the antineoplastic effects of the therapeutic plant extracts and potential reinforcement of the immunological surveillance on neoplasia. Second, the examination of insulin-mimetic effects of the orphan nuclear receptors that are hypothesized to enhance insulin sensitivity of the insulin receptor. The molecular signal transduction pathways of the natural bile acids and synthetic ligands to these orphan receptors are partly understood in his research.