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Eric Kwong

Eric Kwong


University of California, Irvine   B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Thesis adviser: Huiping Zhou, PhD; Microbiology & Immunology

Research interests:

Eric’s undergraduate research was on the Nrf1 transcription factor and its role in oxidative stress. During this time, he identified a constitutively active Nrf1 isoform (Nrf1b) that activated antioxidant response element genes. His current dissertation project is on the role of sphingosine kinase 2 in alcoholic liver disease.

Personal bio:

Eric was born in Los Angeles, California and attended the University of California, Irvine. On his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, going to the beach and trying new restaurants. Eric likes Richmond for its rich history and great restaurants.


Research Articles

Kwong E, Li Y, Hylemon PB, Zhou H. Bile acids and sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 2 in hepatic lipid metabolism. Acta Pharm Sin B. 5(2):151-7 (2015)

Biswas M, Kwong EK, Park E, Nagra P, Chan JY. Glycogen synthase kinase 3 regulates expression of nuclear factor-erythroid-2 related transcription factor-1 (Nrf1) and inhibits pro-survival function of Nrf1. Exp Cell Res. 319(13):1922-31 (2013)

Kwong EK, Kim K-M, Penalosa PJ, Chan JY. Characterization of Nrf1b, a novel isoform of the nuclear factor-erythroid-2 related transcription factor-1 that activates antioxidant response element-regulated genes. PLoS ONE. 7(10):e48404 (2012)

Book Chapter

Hinton M, Li Y, Kwong E, Zhou H. ER Stress in Drug-Induced Liver Injury. Chapter 2 in Cellular Injury in Liver Diseases, Cell Death in Biology and Diseases (2017)

Posters and Presentations

Kwong EK, Li X, Liu R, Hylemon PB, Zhou H. The role of sphingosine kinase 2 in alcoholic liver disease. Abstract for poster presentation, 2017 Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2017. Kwong EK and Chan JY. Identification and molecular characterization of Nrf1 protein isoforms. Abstract for poster presentation, 2011 University of California Undergraduate Research Symposium, Irvine, California, May 2011.