Welcome to the Lab and Friends

Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Sung Kweon Cho, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, 

Department of Pharmacology, Ajou Univeristy School of Medicine


I am Sungkweon. I started my lab in September 2021 (Ajou University, School of Medicine). I started uric acid research with serendipitous finding of asymptomatic hypouricemia during Phase 1 trial screening. The prevalence of hypouricemia in Korean is higher than European or African population.  We’re trying to solve the background using genetic epidemiology, metabolomics, and population genetics. 

I happened to be impressionistic connoisseur after visiting Renoir collection in Barnes Foundation Gallery, The Phillips Collection (D.C), and the Cone Collection at BMA. I also like classical music and skiing. 

My favorite quote is “Solvitur Ambuloando.”


2004 ~ 2016         MOT in College of Business, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology), South Korea
2009 ~ 2012         Honors PhD in Department of Pharmacology, Yonsei University, South Korea (Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogentics)
2002 ~ 2008         MD in School of Medicine, SungKyunkwan University, South Korea

Professional Experience

2021 ~ Present     Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Ajou University, School of Medicine, South Korea
2017 ~ 2021          Visiting Fellow, National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH, Frederick, MD, U.S. (KVSTA Fellowship)
2016 ~ 2021          Research Professor, SAIHST, SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, South Korea
2013 ~ 2016          Military Service Obligation/ Captain, Armed Forces Medical Research Institute, Daejeon, South Korea
2009 ~ 2013          Residency, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Severance hospital, Seoul, South Korea
2008 ~ 2009          Rotating Intern, Severance hospital, Seoul, South Korea

Yoojin Lee, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (Joined : 2021. 12)

SungHwan Kim

Elective Student (Ajou University, School of Medicine)

Scientific Advisor


Cheryl Winkler, PhD

Winkler’s Lab

Research interest: examine the influence of APOL1 risk variants on living kidney donors and on kidney graft survival in African Americans, to develop precision biomarkers for diagnostics and prognostics and to identify druggable targets to treat kidney disease

Current Collaborators

Jeffrey B. Kopp, MD, NIDDK/NIH

Kopp’s Lab

Principal investigator of podocyte pathobiology group within Kidney Diseases Branch, Kidney Disease Section in NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
Research interest: various forms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), with a particular focus on HIV-associated FSGS and on the role of genetic variants in APOL1 (encoding apolipoprotein L1) in FSGS, and cell culture models and transgenic mouse models to define mechanistic pathways leading to podocyte injury, dysfunction, and loss

Ju-Yang Jung, MD., PhD.

Assistant professor, Department of Rheumatology Ajou University School of Medicine
Research interest: associations between autoimmune response and atherosclerosis in rheumatic diseases, mechanism of organ involvment in autoimmune diseases (such as RA_ILD and lupus nephritis),

Raul Cachau, Ph.D.

Integrated Data Science Section, Research Technologies Branch, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD, USA

Thorkell Andresson, Ph.D

Center for Cancer Research (CCR), NCI, Frederick, MD, USA 

Blanka Stibůrková, PhD

Associate professor at Charles University and General University Hospital
Research interest: inborn errors of purine metabolism and urate transport, genetic and biological background of urate metabolism (hypouricemia, hyperuricemia, and gout), functional analysis of urate transporters.

Guest Researcher


Jennifer Hwang, DO

Recent graduate of Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Prospective fellow of Primary care Investigators Training in Chronic disease & Health disparities Fellowship at the University of Chicago 

Christopher Jenkins MD

Clinical Fellow (Rheumatology), Georgetown University

Jinseop Kim, MD PhD

CEO of the Zarathu, medical statistics company
Administrator of the R community, Shinykorea


Shaan Desai, MD Candidate

Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC

Sunghwan Kim

Medical student at Ajou University, School of Medicine 

Do-Hyun Cha, MD

Ph.D candidate at KAIST GSMSE

Shahin Shahsavari

Medical student at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth