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Dr. Kim, Youngjun

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Research Area

  • Protein phosphatase
  • Lipid phosphatase
  • CTD phosphatase
  • Protein biochemistry
  • Stem cell development


  • 2004 Ph.D. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA, Biochemistry (Adviser: Prof. Wonhwa Cho) Thesis Title: “The Secretory Phospholipase A2’s Action on Mammalian Cells”
  • 1993 M.S. Seoul National Univ., Seoul, Korea, Biochemistry (Adviser: Prof. Myung-Un Choi) Thesis Title: “The Characterization of Cytosolic Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEMT) in Rat Brain”
  • 1991 B.S Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, Chemistry

Research Experience

2004-2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, San Diego, CA - Pharmacology (Jack E. Dixon, Adviser)

  • Kinetic Investigation of C-terminal Domain (CTD) Phosphatases
  • Enzymological Characterization of Small CTD Phosphatase 1 (SCP1)
  • Biochemical Characterization of CTD Phosphatases
  • Development of Chemical Inhibitors of SCP1 (hydroxamic acid based)
  • Crystallization Studies of several Protein Phosphatases
  • Identification of Phosphorylated Residues of Protein using Mass Spectrometry

1999-2004 Ph. D. Candidate, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • Chemical Modification Study of Secretory Phospholipase A2 (sPLA2)
  • Development of Cell-based sPLA2 Activity Assay using Chemical Probes
  • Investigation of Signaling Mechanism induced by sPLA2s in human Eosinophils and Neutrophils
  • Structure-function Study of sPLA2s using Biophysical Methods
  • Development of sPLA2 Inhibitors (indole based)
  • Development of Chemical Sensors for Cellular Detection of Lipids

1993-1998 Senior Researcher in Chemical Analysis, Kolon R&D Center, Kumi, Korea

  • Quantitative Analysis of Natural Products
  • Analysis of the Intermediates in Polyester & Polyamide Synthesis
  • Analysis of Byproducts in Chemical Synthesis
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Synthetic Chemicals
  • Establishment of SOP for Chemical Analyses

1993-1995 Researcher in Chemical Analysis, Kolon R&D Center, Kumi, Korea

  • Quantitative Analysis of Raw Materials in Polyester & Polyamide Synthesis
  • Quantitative Analysis of Impurities in Polyester & Polyamide Synthesis
  • Chemical Analysis of Surfactants

1991-1993 M.S. Research Associate, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

  • Enzymological Characterization of Cytosolic Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine N-methyl Transferase (PEMT) purified from Rat Brain

Honors and Awards

  • 1995, 1996 Outstanding Researcher of the Year from Kolon R& D Center, Kumi, Korea
  • 2003-2004 University Fellowship from University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • 2004 Provost Award for Graduate Research from University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • 2006-2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship from California Institute of Regenerative Medicine