Seungil Ro Ph.D.: Experience/Publications

Associate Professor

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology | Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Professional experience

  • 2014–present Director, Informatics Core, Physiology & Cell biology
  • 2015–present Associate Professor, Physiology & Cell biology
  • 2007–2015 Assistant Professor, Physiology & Cell biology
  • 2004–2007 Research Assistant Professor, Physiology & Cell biology
  • 2003–2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Physiology & Cell biology, UNR

Selected publications


  • Park C, Lee MY, Slivano OJ, Park PJ, Ha S, Berent RM, Fuchs R, Collins NC, Yu T, Syn H, Park JK, Horiguchi K, Miano JM, Sanders KM, Ro S. . Loss of serum response factor induces microRNA-mediated apoptosis in intestinal smooth muscle cells. Cell Death & Disease 6:e2011. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2015.353.
  • Ro S. . Multi-Phenotypic Role of Serum Response Factor in the Gastrointestinal System. Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility; doi: 10.5056/jnm15183.
  • Lee M, Park C, Berent R, Park PJ, Fuchs R, Syn H, Chin A, Townsend J, Benson CC, Redelman D, Shen T, Park J, Miano JM, Sanders KM, Ro S. . Smooth muscle cell genome browser: enabling the identification of novel serum response factor target gene. PLoS ONE, In print.
  • Park C*, Lee M*, Park PJ, Ha S, Berent R, Fuchs R, Miano JM, Becker LS, Sanders KM, Ro S. . SRF is essential for prenatal gastrointestinal smooth muscle development and maintenance of differentiated phenotype. Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, In print.


  • Ortogero N, Schuster AS, Oliver DK, Riordan CR, Hong AS, Hennig GW, Luong D, Bao J, Bhetwal BP, Ro S, McCarrey JR, Yan W. . A novel class of somatic small RNAs similar to germ cell pachytene PIWI-interacting small RNAs. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289(47):32824-34, 2014.


  • Ro S, Ma HY, Park C, Ortogero N, Song R, Hennig GW, Zheng H, Lin YM, Moro L, Hsieh JT, Yan W. . The mitochondrial genome encodes abundant small noncoding RNAs. Cell Research, doi: 23(6): 759-74.


  • Sanders KM, Koh SD, Ro S, Ward SM. . Regulation of gastrointestinal motility – insights from smooth muscle biology. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 9(11):633-45.








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