Yong Kim, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
Core Member, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers University
I earned my PhD at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea, where I studied phospholipid lipase-mediated signal transduction in the lab of Drs. Sung Ho Ryu and Pann-Ghill Suh.
I completed my postdoc training in molecular and cellular neuroscience research in Dr. Paul Greengard’s lab at The Rockefeller University. After completion of my postdoc, I stayed in the lab as a research group leader, collaborating with Dr. Greengard to study molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and drug addiction.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy running around my neighborhood park and spending time with my family. I am easily excited when I encounter gophers, geese, or deer on campus, especially the gopher family living near the receiving dock in the Research Tower building. My favorite outdoor activity is fishing although my last fishing trip was about 30 years ago. I believe I am a talented cook at home, with genius ideas for aliquoting whatever cooking ingredients, titrating salts, and reconstituting leftovers.
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I am a graduate student of the Biomedical Sciences program of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. During my undergraduate years at Rutgers, I majored in Cell Biology and Sciences and was a student assistant at Dr. Detlev Boison’s laboratory that dealt with multiple disciplinary projects on adenosine kinase, epilepsy, neurogenesis, and traumatic brain injury.
Growing up in a countryside in Vietnam, I love the outdoors and doing activities such as hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. When I am at home, I often find myself cooking, drawing, and editing video (primarily Premiere Pro).
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Come join our lab!
We’re looking for passionate postdocs and research staff to join our lab. For inquiries about our open postdoc positions, please email Dr. Kim and submit an application below.
Past Lab Members & Close Colleagues
We also want to thank Dr. Paul Greengard, one of our biggest mentors, who not only pushed us to be better scientists but also better people. Being a part of his lab was a great honor.