Jennifer Q. Kwong

Department of Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Biography

Jennifer Kwong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Cardiovascular Biology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She received an undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Cornell University.

Dr. Kwong’s research training centered on understanding how mitochondria regulate cell death pathways in the setting of degenerative diseases. As a post-doctoral fellow in Jeffery Molkentin’s lab in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Division of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, she studied how mitochondria control cell death through the mitochondrial permeability transition pore pathway in the context of heart disease. Specifically, she studied the contribution of the mitochondrial phosphate carrier to permeability transition pore activation and cardiac damage following ischemic injury, and also developed genetically targeted mouse models to understand how mitochondrial calcium import via the mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex regulates cardiac function and dysfunction.

Dr. Kwong’s research program at Emory is focused on investigating novel mechanisms utilized by mitochondria to communicate dysfunction with the ultimate goal of identifying new pathways that can leveraged to ameliorate cardiac function in the diseased heart.

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