He then attended Brigham Young University, where he majored in biochemistry and studied cyclooxygenases in the lab of Dan Simmons, Ph.D. At Stanford University, where he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, he worked in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg, Ph.D., studying transcription, particularly the structural biology of RNA polymerase II.
He completed residency training in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and during that time also worked in the laboratory of Nathanael Gray, Ph.D., in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2012, as an Assistant Professor the Department of Radiation Oncology with a joint appointment in Biochemistry.
Ken is a board-certified radiation oncologist and splits his time caring for patients with lung cancer and working in the lab.