Deok-Ho Kim

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Dr. Deok‐Ho Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and is jointly appointed in the Center for Nanotechnology, the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and the Center for Cardiovascular Biology at the University of Washington. He received the B.S. from POSTECH in 1998, the M.S. degree from Seoul National University in 2000, in Mechanical Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010. In 1996, he studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, as a Hogil-Kim Memorial Fellow Exchange Student. From March 2000 to June 2005, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), including his 7 months academic visit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich (ETH‐Zurich). Prior to joining the University of Washington, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on micro and nanoengineering of the cell microenvironment for stem cell bioengineering and tissue regeneration, micro‐ and nanofabricated biomaterials for regenerative and therapeutic medicine, and cell mechanobiology and mechanotransduction. He has published 47 peer reviewed papers in journals such as PNAS, Science Signaling, Advanced Materials, Lab on a Chip, Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, and Biomaterials, contributed to 55 peer reviewed conference proceedings and 7 book chapters, edited one book, filed 13 patents (issued or pending), and given >40 invited lectures. His papers have been cited >1450 times (h-index: 21) and highlighted in Science Magazine, the JHU Gazette, the UW Today, and many newspapers. Dr. Kim is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, and serves as a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals including the International Journal of Nanomedicine, IET Nanobiotechnology, and Journal of Laboratory Automation. Dr. Kim has also served as reviewer for many high-profiled journals including Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, Integrative Biology, Lab on a Chip, Nature, Science Signaling, and Tissue Engineering. Among the award he has received are American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2008), Samsung Humantech Thesis Award (2009), the Harold M. Weintraub Award in Biological Sciences (2010), Perkins Coie Award for Discovery (2011), American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (2012), and BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award (2013).

Research Interests

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.