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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Anandakumar Shunmugavel, PhD
Research Scientist II
I earned my doctoral degree in neuroscience from M.S. University, India. I did my postdoctoral training in behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, and quantitative medical imaging at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
My previous research interest was in understanding the functions of the prefrontal cortex and improving those functions after mild traumatic brain injury using rodent and ferret animal models and controlled cortical impact closed head injury model of engineered rotational acceleration (CHIMERA) and blast injury devices. Thus I have an additional interest in neuroplasticity, learning and memory, executive functions, and social behavior. I have used multimodal structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging in my research effort in addition to biochemical and cell biological tools.
Apart from my academic interests, I’m passionate about my hobbies which include reading, writing poems in my mother tongue Tamil, listening to music, practicing acoustic guitar, and playing pool and outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, photography, and driving to the countryside and beach.
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I earned my doctoral degree in Physiology at the Federal University of Parna, Brazil. My main interest and work were using different animal models of Depression and potential new therapies to prevent this illness. One of the compounds I studied was omega 3, which is a family of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, supplemented via Fish Oil in different phases, such as during gestation and lactation and in adult life. Also, I performed small studies testing Ketamine and Buprenorphine in a depression model with an immune challenge in mice.
Before joining Dr. Kim’s lab, I was doing a postdoctoral study using a mouse model of Gulf War Illness, at the University of California, Riverside. Gulf War Illness is a severe illness that afflicts one-third of the nearly 700,000 U.S. troops who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. This disease is characterized by a variety of symptoms and co-morbidities, such as Depression, Anxiety, Gastrointestinal disturbances, Fatigue, and muscle/joint pain. We investigated the changes in the microbiota of mice exposed to the chemicals and the potential reversal of the phenotype using probiotics supplementation.
My hobbies include outdoor exercise like walking in parks, reading, movies, and listening to music.
Student Research 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 the 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 videos (primarily Premiere Pro).
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I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Cell Biology & Neuroscience. I have previously worked as a research intern at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in a lab that studies lung cancer and have learned how to perform techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis. In addition to my work in the Kim lab, I am also working on another research project in the department of pediatric neurology at RWJMS which involves the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family, and listening to music. I aspire to go to medical school and become a doctor in the near future.
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I’m a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in psychology. I have previously interned at Body 1, where I worked as a data science intern to collect and consolidate information for a pharmacy company. Additionally, I spent a year as a part-time tech at Beverly Hospital where I got certified in various clinical skills such as phlebotomy and EKG. This opportunity allowed me to work closely with nurses and doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m the founder of RU SOARS, a fully recognized research-based organization on campus.
I am excited to be a part of Dr.Kim’s lab and help my lab members with their tasks including PCR and gel electrophoresis. I’m also looking forward to working with mice for DNA sample collection too!
In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, electric guitar, and going on hikes.
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I’m a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Biological Sciences. I am currently a volunteer EMT in Hoboken and the Director of Programs at a local nonprofit called Save the Children of the Developing World where I help organize projects for children abroad including Ecuador and Egypt.
I am excited to be a part of Dr. Kim’s lab and learn from my fellow lab mates.
In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, going to the gym, and photography. Also, I am an avid basketball fan, particularly a New York Knicks fan.
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.