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Sung Kyun Park

Sung Kyun Park, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

M5541 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-1719; Fax: (734) 936-2084

E-mail: sungkyun@umich.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Park received his M.P.H in Environmental Health from Seoul National University in 2000 and a doctoral degree (Sc.D.) in Environmental Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005.

Dr. Park's research focuses on health effects of environmental exposures, such as air pollution, heavy metals, bisphenol-A, and noise, in aging populations. He is investigating the associations of exposures to air pollution, lead, cadmium, mercury, bisphenol-A and noise with cardiovascular outcomes (hypertension, heart rate variability, homocysteine), lung function, and age-related diseases (type-2 diabetes, hearing loss, osteoporosis, cataract) in the Normative Aging Study, a longitudinal study of aging. He has a specific interest in gene-environment and nutrient-environment interactions. Dr. Park is leading studies on air pollution and heart rate variability and type-2 diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). He is also working on the effects of noise and heavy metals on hearing loss and cardio-metabolic diseases using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). Dr. Park is also interested in epidemiologic methods of life-course data analysis.

Courses Taught

BIOSTAT698: Modern Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Studies
EHS675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology    Syllabus (PDF)
EPID655: Field Studies in Epidemiology
EPID675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology    Syllabus (PDF)
EPID798: Epidemiologic Data Analysis using R
EPID815: Modern Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Studies    Syllabus (PDF)


Sc.D., Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2005
M.P.H., Envirohnmental Health, Seoul National University, 2000
B.S., Food Science and Technology, Seoul National University, 1998

Research Interests & Projects

> > Park Group - Environmental Epidemiology of Aging (Leader)

Our group investigates environmental and occupational determinants of age-related diseases including cardio-metabolic disease, age-related hearing loss, and age-related cataract with a focus on exploring biological pathways using gene-environment and nutrition-environment interactions. Environmental and occupational determinants include air pollution, heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury), bisphenol-A, and occupational noise. The study cohorts we examine are the Normative Aging Study, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES).... More >>

Environmental Epidemiology of Air Pollution and Heavy Metals 

> > Environment, Novel Aging Outcome, and Genetics (Principal Investigator)

The major goals of this project are to understand how long-term environmental exposures to lead and air pollution affect age-related pathological changes, namely, depressed cardiac function, age-related cataract and hearing loss, and to identify genetic and nutritional factors that impact susceptibility to such pollutants in an aging population.... More >>


> > Bisphenol-A, Epigenetics, and Type-2 Diabetes (Principal Investigator)

The overall goal of this proposal is to examine the relationship between bisphenol-A and type-2 diabetes and how epigenetic changes play a role in such an association in a population-based case-control study.... More >>


> > Noise, Lead and Age-Related Hearing Loss (Principal Investigator)

The goal of this project is to establish job-exposure matrix to estimate occupational noise exposure using O*NET databases, and to test the hypothesis of joint adverse effects of noise and lead on age-related hearing loss among older adults.... More >>


> > Joint Effects of Mercury and Nutrients from Fish on Cardiovascular Disease (Principal Investigator)

The goal of this project is to better understand how mercury and nutrients that share the same exposure sources interplay to inflence cardiovascular disease, and ultimately, to better understand risks and benefits of fish and seafood consumption.... More >>


> > Prospective Study of Atherosclerosis, Clinical Cardiovascular Disease, and Long Term Exposure to Ambient Particulate Matter in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort (MESA Air) (Additional Personnel)

This multi-site, prospective cohort study examines the relationship between air pollutants, the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis, and incidence of cardiovascular events.... More >>


Selected Publications

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Park SK, Auchincloss AH, O'Neill MS, Prineas R, Correa JC, Keeler J, Barr RG, Kaufman JD, Diez Roux AV (2010). Particulate Air Pollution, Metabolic Syndrome, and Heart Rate Variability: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Environmental Health Perspectives, 118, 1406-1411.

Park SK, Elmarsafawy S, Mukherjee B, Spiro A III, Vokonas PS, Nie H, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz J, Hu H (2010). Cumulative Lead Exposure and Age-related Hearing Loss: The VA Normative Aging Study Hearing Research, 269(1-2), 48-55.

Park S. K., Mukherjee B., Xia X., Sparrow D., Weisskopf M. G., Nie H., Hu H. (2009). Bone Lead Level Prediction Models and Their Application to Examining the Relationship of Lead Exposure and Hypertension in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) J Occup Environ Med, 51(12), 1422-1436.

Park S. K., Tucker K. L., O'Neill M. S., Sparrow D., Vokonas P. S., Hu H., Schwartz J. (2009). Fruit, vegetable and fish consumption and heart rate variability: the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study Am J Clin Nutr, 89(3), 778-786.

Lampe B. J., Park S. K., Robins T., Mukherjee B., Litonjua A. A., Amarasiriwardena C., Weisskopf M., Sparrow D., Hu H. (2008). Association between 24-hour urinary cadmium and pulmonary function among community-exposed men: The VA Normative Aging Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(9), 1226-1230.

Park S. K., O'Neill M. S., Vokonas P. S., Sparrow D., Spiro A. III, Tucker K. L., Suh H., Hu H., Schwartz J. (2008). Traffic-related particles are associated with elevated homocysteine: the VA Normative Aging Study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 178(3), 283-289.

Park, S.K., O'Neill, M.S., Stunder, B.J.B., Vokomas, P.S., Sparrow, D., Koutrakis, P. and Schwartz, J. (2007). Source location of air pollution and cardiac autonomic function: trajectory cluster analysis for exposure assessment. Journal Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 17(5), 488-497.

Park, S.K., O'Neill, M.S., Wright, R.O. Hu, H., Vokomoas, P.S., Sparrow, D. , Suh, H. and Schwartz, J. (2006). HFE geotype, particulate air pollution, and heart rate variability: a gene-environment interaction. Circulation, 114(25), 2798-2805.

Park, S.K., Schwartz, J., Weisskopt, M., Wright, R.O., Coull, B., Sparrow, D., Vokomas, P.S., Nie, H. and Hu, H. (2006). Low-level lead exposure, metabolic syndrome and heart rate variability: the VA Normative Aging Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 114(11), 1718-1724.

Park S.K., O'Neill, M.S., Vokonas, P.S., Sparrow, D. and Schwartz, J." (2005). Effects of air pollution on heart rate variability: the VA Normative Aging Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(3), 304-309.

Professional Affiliations

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Korean Society of Environmental Health
Korean Society for Preventive Medicine