Lab Members

Yong Kim, PhD

Principal Investigator
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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Tho Lai

Student Assistant

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

Matt Baron, PhD
Former Research Assistant
Economics PhD from Princeton
Assistant Professor at Cornell

Dionnet Bhatti
Former Research Assistant
Neuroscience PhD Student at Harvard

Ilaria Ceglia, PhD
Former Postdoc
Science Informationist at the Rockefeller University
Su Jin Chae, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Michelle Chen
Former Research Assistant
MD/PhD Student at University of Iowa MSTP
Zhenghong Dong
Former Research Assistant
Jonathan Halford, MD
Former Research Assistant
Kolbe Hancock, MD
Former Research Assistant
Medical Fellowship at Weill Cornell
Kabir Husain, PhD
Former Research Assistant
PhD from NCBS Bangalore
Postdoc at University of Chicago
Junghee Jin, PhD
Former Postdoc
Senior Scientist at Encoded Therapeutics
Amie Kim, MD
Former Research Assistant

Daesoo Kim, PhD
Visiting Professor
Professor at KAIST, Korea
Cassie Kookier
Former Research Assistant
MD/PhD Student at UC Irvine MSTP
Jung Sung Lee, PhD
Former Postdoc
Ko-Woon Lee, PhD
Former Postdoc
Grant Martin
Former Research Assistant
Yong-Seok Oh, PhD
Former Postdoc
Associate Professor at DIGIST, Korea
Claire Song
Former Research Assistant
BBS PhD Student at Yale University
Jee-Young Sung, PhD
Former Postdoc
Pedro Del Cioppo Vasques
Former Research Assistant
MD/PhD Student at Mayo Clinic MSTP
Xiaozhu Zhang
Former Research Assistant
Analyst in MCRC group at Weill Cornell

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.

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