Hongkun Park is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and a Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is also an Institute Member of the Broad Institute and an affiliate member of the Harvard Center for Brain Science, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Harvard Quantum Optics Center. He serves as an associate editor of Nano Letters, and on the Editorial Boards of Chemical Society Reviews and Chemical Science.
His research interests lie in fundamental studies of nanoscale electrical, optical, and plasmonic devices as well as the development of new nano- and microelectronic tools that can interface with living cells, cell networks, and organisms. The goal of his quantum optoplasmonics effort is to develop solid-state photonic, optoelectronic, and plasmonic devices that work all the way down to the single photon level. The goal of his nano-bio interfacing effort is to develop new nanoscale tools for interrogating living cells and cell networks. He developed a vertical nanowire platform that can be used to interrogate intracellular circuits that dictate the functions of primary immune cells. Using the same vertical nanowires, he also developed a highly scalable platform for recording and stimulating real-time dynamics of complex neuronal ensembles. More recently, he has developed a pipeline for single-cell transcriptomics that is applicable to a broad range of cell types and is developing new diamond-based biological sensors.
Awards and honors that Hongkun Park has received include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Ho-Am Foundation Prize in Science, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the NIH Director's Pioneer Award, and the fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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