Dr. Yongjin Park is a recently-hired principal investigator (Scientist) in the Department of Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer Research, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Dr. Park earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Computer science and Engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea in 2006. His Interests in biology and computer science in his undergraduate degree lead him to a Masters of Science in Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania graduating in 2008. From there Dr. Park ventured to Maryland where he earned his PhD in the number one ranked Biomedical Engineering program in the U.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. He completed his post doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and remained there until Dr. Park joined us at BC Cancer.
He is also an Assistant professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Statistics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He leads an interdisciplinary team of young scholars consisting of statisticians, computer scientists, and bioinformaticians. His research primarily focuses on developing scalable probabilistic inference methods to elucidate hidden causal mechanisms of human diseases, such as cancer and other common/complex disorders.