Deok-Ho Kim

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Dr. Deok‐Ho Kim is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington as well as an Associated Faculty at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Cardiovascular Biology, and the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (2010), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University (2000), and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from POSTECH. 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 current research aims to investigate how engineered microenvironments can direct cell function and tissue regeneration. Several specific thrusts of his current research program include multiscale biomimetic materials/devices/systems, functional tissue engineering, microscale stem/tumor cell niche engineering, and cell mechanobiology. He has authored and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and referenced conference proceedings and 27 book chapters/editorials. In addition, he has edited two books and filed 19 patents (issued or pending), and given > 60 invited/keynote lectures. His papers have been cited > 2000 times in total (H-index: 26) and highlighted in Science Magazine, the JHU Gazette, the UW Today, and many newspapers. Dr. Kim is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, the Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, and the Journal of Tissue Engineering, and serves as a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals including Scientific Reports, International Journal of Nanomedicine, IET Nanobiotechnology, and Journal of Laboratory Automation. Dr. Kim has also served as reviewer for many high-profiled journals including Nature, Science Signaling, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, Lab on a Chip, 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), KSEA Young Investigator Award (2013), and BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award (2013).

Research Interests

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. ==