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Eric Kwong

Eric KwongEducation:

University of California, Irvine, B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
PhD Advisor: Huiping Zhou, PhD
Graduate Program: 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 activates 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. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, going to the beach and trying new restaurants. Eric likes Richmond for its rich American history.

Honors, Awards, and Grants:

2009 - Campuswide Honors Program
2010 - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fellowship
2011 - Phi Beta Kappa
2011 - Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences
2011 - Undergraduate Excellence in Research Award
2017 - American Physiological Society Gastrointestinal and Liver Section Travel Award
2017 - American Society for Investigative Pathology Rojkind-Monga Excellence in Liver Pathobiology Research Travel Award

Professional, Leadership, and Service Activities:

Medical School Admissions Interviewer


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)

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

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)

Kwong EK, Li X, Hylemon PB, Zhou H. Sphingosine Kinases/Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Signaling in Hepatic Lipid Metabolism. Curr Pharmacol Rep. (2017)

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

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.

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, Tao L, Li X, Liu R, Hylemon PB, Zhou H. The role of sphingosine kinase 2 in alcohol-induced hepatic inflammation and injury. Abstract for poster presentation, 2017 Pathobiology for Investigators, Students & Academians, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 2017.