After getting his Ph.D. degree at University of Maryland School of Medicine (Human Genetics Program) in 1998, Dr. Baek joined the NIH/NIEHS (Research Triangle Park, NC) as a research fellow. Dr. Baek joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and pioneered defining the critical target genes in chemoprevention and understanding how anti-cancer compounds act upon these genes to influence cancer prevention or development. He is currently an Associate Professor in The Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and has published more than 100 peer reviewed journals in the study of molecular targets of several chemopreventive compounds including phytochemicals, PPARg ligands, and NSAIDs. His research interests include transcriptional regulation of apoptotic genes, chemopreventive study using animal models, post-translational regulation affected by chemopreventive compounds, and single cell imaging with respect to cancer prevention, anti-obesity, and anti-inflammation.
Focus Areas: Cancer Chemoprevention | Molecular Pharmacology | Molecular and Cell Biology | Plasma Medicine | Inflammation | Nutritional Biochemistry
Skills and Expertise: Gene Expression | Gene Cloning | Cell Culture | Mouse Models for Cancer Research | Transcription/Translation | Cell Staining | Cell Imaging | Plasma