John Kwon

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

John Kwon is current conducting National Institutes of Health–sponsored research examining the role of matrix metalloproteinase-7 (matrilysin) in colonic epithelial barrier function, as well as examining the expression and function of microRNAs in inflammatory bowel disease. He has identified and demonstrated that microRNAs regulate the expression of genes involved in intestinal inflammation.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty, Kwon was an assistant professor and attending physician at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, he received both a Dean’s Clinician Scientist Award and a School of Medicine Clinician Scientist Award for his research on matrilysin regulation of intestinal epithelial barrier function. His research on microRNAs in inflammatory bowel disease has led to funding from both the National Institutes of Health and the Broad Medical Research Program. The results of this research have led to the application for two U.S. patents for microRNA-based diagnostic tests and therapies for inflammatory bowel disease.

In the clinical area, Kwon received the Elmer Hinton Award in 2000 for excellence in physician-patient interactions from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the GI Teaching Award in 2005 from Johns Hopkins University.

Kwon holds MD, PhD, and MS degrees in pathology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a BA in chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Kwon joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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