C.C. King, PhD

C.C. King, PhD

Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC)​

Associate Research Scientist, UCSD Department of Pediatrics
phone: 858-822-4720
e-mail: chking@ucsd.edu


Dr. C.C. King earned his PhD degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1996. Subsequently, he completed postdoctoral training at both The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and UC San Diego before joining UCSD’s Department of Pediatrics as an assistant research scientist in 2003. Additionally, he has served as a study section member on review panels for the National Institute of Health and numerous scientific journals.

Research Interests

Dr. King studies the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into endocrine cells, including insulin-producing cells. Two ongoing projects in the King lab are 1) explore the signal transduction pathways that control specific stages of differentiation, and 2) understand how microRNAs regulate cell fate decisions. 

Recent Publications


Hinton A, Hunter SE, Afrikanova I, Jones GA, Lopez AD, Fogel GB, Hayek A, King CC.  sRNA-seq analysis of human embryonic stem cells and definitive endoderm reveal differentially expressed microRNAs and novel isomiRs with distinct targets. Stem Cells. 2014 May 8. doi: 10.1002/stem.1739.​​

Patel V, Carrion K, Hollands A, Hinton A, Gallegos T, Dyo J, Sasik R, Leire E, Hardiman G, Mohamed SA, Nigam S, King CC, Nizet V, Nigam V. miR-148a-3p is stretch responsive and represses NF-κB Signaling: The Stretch Responsive microRNA miR-148a-3p is a Novel Repressor of IKBKB, NF-κB Signaling, and Inflammatory Gene Expression in Human Aortic Valve Cells. FASEB J. 2015 May;29(5):1859-68. doi: 10.1096/fj.14-257808. Epub 2015 Jan 28.

Mitchell M, Mali S, King CC, Bark SJ. Enhancing MALDI Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer Performance through Spectrum Averaging. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 23;10(3):e0120932. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120932. eCollection 2015.

Tsai, LL; Xie, L; Dore, K; Martinez-Ariza,G; Del-Rio, J; King, CC; Hulme, C; Malinow, R; Bourne, PE; Newton, AC. Zeta Inhibitory Peptide Disrupts Electrostatic Interactions That Maintain Atypical Protein Kinase C in Its Active Conformation on the Scaffold p62. J. Biol. Chem. jbc.M115.676221. First Published on July 17, 2015, doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.676221.

Zhang, P; Knape, M; Ahuja, L; Keshwani, M; King, CC; Sastri, M; Herberg, F; Taylor S. Single Turnover Oscillations of the PKA RIIβ Holoenzyme. PLoS Biol. 2015 Jul 9;13(7):e1002192. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002192. eCollection 2015 Jul.

Fogel, GB; Kai, Z; Zargar, S; Hinton, A; Jones, GA, Wong, AS, Ficici, S; Navani, M; Lopez, AD; and King, CC. MicroRNA Dynamics During Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation to Pancreatic Endoderm. Gene. 2015 Aug 19. pii: S0378-1119(15)00996-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2015.08.027. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26297998.​

King, CC and Obonyo M. Helicobacter pylori modulates host cell survival regulation through the serine-threonine kinase, 3-phosphoinositide dependent kinase 1 (PDK-1).  BMC Microbiol. 2015 Oct 21;15(1):222. doi: 10.1186/s12866-015-0543-0. PMID: 26487493.

Tobias, IS; Kaulich, M; Kim, P; Simon, N; Jacinto, E; Dowdy, S; King, CC; and Newton, AC. Protein kinase Cζ exhibits constitutive phosphorylation and phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-triphosphate independent regulation. Biochemistry.  Accepted, Dec 03, 2015.