School of Biochemistry and Immunology
Dr Kenneth Hun Mok
Email: mok.hun AT tcd.ie
Dr. Mok is currently performing research on novel, alternatively-folded protein complexes that possess remarkable tumour-killing properties while leaving healthy cells intact. Along with the understanding that misfolding may incur harm, it is becoming evident that misfolding may also yield benefit to its host, further underscoring the need for a detailed, biophysical investigation. Dr Mok’s research attempts to address the “protein folding-misfolding problem” using the following three-pronged approach: development of new NMR spectroscopy-based methodologies to design new organic nanostructures and to use this information to probe protein folding/misfolding, investigating the structural basis of the physiological activity of alternatively folded proteins and the development of highly selective tumour-killing complexes and inhibition of amyloid fibril growth and/or control of fibril morphology by incorporating synthetic enantiomeric peptides.
Dr. Ken Hun Mok joined Trinity College Dublin as Lecturer in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in 2006. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He subsequently entered the biopharmaceutical industry as a unit leader in cytokine development. Prior to coming to TCD, Dr Mok worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford.