• Cell and Tissue Engineering in Microsystems: Micro- and nanoengineering of the cell microenvironment designed to facilitate advances in the biomedical sciences; particularly, microscale control of cell positioning, soluble and substratum-bound ligands, microscale stem/progenitor cell niche engineering, and microscale cardiovascular tissue engineering.
• Mechanobiology and Mechanotransduction: Signal transduction by engineered extracellular matrices, molecular in-chip live-cell imaging, cell and tissue morphodynamics, gradient sensing and directed cell migration, biophysical regulation of stem cell fates, cell mechanics.
• Biomedical Micro/Nanotechnology: Fabrication of biomimetic micro/nanoscale systems and structures, nanoscale engineering in cell biology and therapy, micro/nanoengineered cell-biomaterial interaction, micro/nanoscale force measurements on biology, microrobotics for intelligent cell micromanipulation.
Deok-Ho Kim received the BS degree in POSTECH in 1998, the MS degree from Seoul National University in 2000, in Mechanical Engineering, and the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010 (thesis advisor: Dr. Andre Levchenko). In 1996, he studied in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK, as a Hogil-Kim Memorial Fellow Exchange Student. During 1998-2000, he was a Research Assistant in the Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design, Seoul National University, Korea. He worked as a research scientist at the Microsystem Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea from March 2000 to June 2005. Between November 2003 and June 2004, he was a visiting research scientist, in Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zurich (ETHZ) as a recipient of Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) fellowship. He is currently an assistant research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, investigating how the engineered cellular microenvironments can direct cell function and tissue regeneration. His research interests include micro- and nanoengineering of the cell microenvironment, development and applications of lab-on-a-chip technologies and advanced biomaterials in stem cells and tissue engineering, and micro- and nanotechnologies for cell mechanobiology. He has also contributed to the fields of micro/nano-mechatronics, microrobotics for embryology, advanced man-machine interface for micro/nano-manipulation, and cellular biomechanics. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference abstracts, 15 review articles in technical magazine, 4 book chapters, and 11 patents issued and pending (including 4 U.S. patents) in the area of mechatronics, micro/nanotechnology, and biomedical engineering. Deok-Ho received the Best Student Poster Paper Award from the Korea Society of Precision Engineers (KSPE) 1999, the Best Paper Award in Dynamics and Control Division from the Korea Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME) 1999, and the Best Presentation Award from the Institute of Control, Automation and Systems Engineers (ICASE) 2005, respectively. He also received both the Outstanding Research Award in 2004 and "KIST People Award" in 2005 from KIST, and the first Surface Engineering Best Paper Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers in 2007. He also received American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship in 2008, Samsung Humantech Thesis Award in 2009, and the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award in Biological Sciences in 2010. He served as co-chair at the “Microfabrication and Property” session of the IEEE Symposium on Micromechatronics and Human Science, Japan 2001. In September 2006 he was listed in the Marquis Who's Who in the World. He is a member of IEEE, AANM, and KSEA.