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Personal Statement

I am a basic scientist studying tissue repair, extracellular matrix, immunity and host-pathogen interactions with emphases on lung diseases and the function of specific matrix metalloproteinases. I received my doctorate in anatomy and cell biology in 1982 from the Medical College of Wisconsin and did postdoctoral training in cancer biology at Michigan State University, and in lung biology at Washington University in St. Louis. I remained at Washington University for nearly 20 years, rising through the ranks to become professor of Pediatrics, Cell Biology & Physiology, and Medicine. I also was director of the Developmental Lung Biology Program, which supported scientific cores, educational events, symposia and fellowships promoting lung-related research. In 2004, I was recruited to the University of Washington in Seattle, where I established and directed the Center for Lung Biology and held the Endowed Chair in Pulmonary Disease Research. I moved to Cedars-Sinai in 2013."


Williams Parks, PhD

  • MMP-Mediated Control of Macrophage Activation
  • MMP Control of Neutrophil Influx and Activation
  • Allosteric Control of proMMP Activation
Meet Our Team

Learn more about the scientists, faculty members, investigators and other healthcare professionals of the Parks Laboratory, whose dedicated efforts lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

Rohani MG, Dimitrova E, Beppu A, Wang Y, Jefferies CA, Parks WC.

Front Immunol. 2018 Dec 4;9:2817.

Smigiel KS, Parks WC.

Curr Rheumat Rep. 2018 Mar 17;20(4):17.

Secor PR, Michaels LA, Smigiel KS, Rohani MG, Jennings LK, Hisert KB, Arrigoni A, Braun KR, Birkland TP, Lai Y, Hallstrand TS, Bollyky PL, Singh PK, Parks WC.

Infect Immun. 2016 Dec 29;85(1). pii: e00648-00616.

Contact the Parks Lab

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Pavilion, A9403
Los Angeles, CA 90048