Sungyong You, PhD, Receives Urology Grant

Sungyong You, PhD, a postdoctoral scientist at Cedars-Sinai, has been awarded a two-year, peer-reviewed grant from the American Urological Association. Known as the Research Scholar Award, the grant provides support to young investigators with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in urological research.

Funded in conjunction with the association's Urology Care Foundation, the award will provide You with an annual stipend of $40,000 for two years to pursue his winning research proposal, "An Epigenomic Pathway From Cholesterol to Intracrine Androgen."

Using computational, laboratory and genomics methods, his study will aim to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that promote lethal prostate cancer. The information obtained may improve understanding of the potential links among cholesterol metabolism, gene regulation and androgenic hormone signaling that operate in prostate cancer progression, You said.

He said he hopes the grant also will aid his long-term career development. "My goal is to obtain a skill set and mature scientific perspective so I can eventually lead important studies that will break new conceptual ground and ultimately affect the clinical management of patients," You explained.

The scientist, a fellow in the Division of Cancer Biology, is under the co-mentorship of Michael R. Freeman, PhD, director of the Cancer Biology Program at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and Jayoung Kim, PhD, assistant professor of surgery and biomedical sciences,

You came to Cedars-Sinai in 2012 after completing his doctoral studies at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea. His current research interests are in the fields of systems biology, prostate cancer and network biology.

*Photo from left to right: Jayoung Kim,PhD; Sungyong You, PhD; and Michael R. Freeman, PhD