Deok-Ho Kim

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Dr. Deok‐Ho Kim is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (2010), his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University (2000), and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from POSTECH (1998). 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), which included a 7 month academic visit to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich (ETH‐Zurich). Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington at Seattle. He is also the scientific founder of NanoSurface Biomedical Inc (2015). His research interests center on the development and application of engineered microenvironments and functional tissue engineering models for elucidating regenerative biology, drug screening, disease modeling, and cell-based therapies. 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, human iPSC-based microphysiological models of neuromuscular and cardiac muscle disease, microscale stem/tumor cell niche engineering, and cell mechanobiology. He has authored and co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and referenced conference proceedings, as well as 27 book chapters/editorials. In addition, he has edited two books and filed 25 patents (issued or pending; 5 licensed), and given more than 100 invited/keynote lectures. His papers have been cited over 9200 times in total (h-index: 47) and have been highlighted in Science Magazine, the JHU Gazette, UW Today, and many newspapers. Dr. Kim is an Associate Editor for Biomedical Microdevices, the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, 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 (Nature Publishing Group), Theranostics, Advanced Biosystems, International Journal of Nanomedicine, IET Nanobiotechnology, and SLAS Technology. Dr. Kim has also served as reviewer for many high-profiled journals including Nature, Science Signaling, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Lab on a Chip, and Tissue Engineering. Among the award he has received are the KIST Scientist of the Month Award (2005), the Surface Engineering Best Paper Award (2006), the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2008), the Samsung Humantech Thesis Award (2009), the Harold M. Weintraub Award in Biological Sciences (2010), the Perkins Coie Award for Discovery (2011), the American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award (2012), the KSEA Young Investigator Award (2013), the Springer Award for Most Downloaded and Most Cited Review Article from Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2013), the BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award (2013), the BMES-CMBE Young Innovator Award (2015), the Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator (2017), and the IEEE NANOMED Innovator Award (2018).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • BMES-CMBE Young Innovator Award; 2015; Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Springer Award for Most Downloaded and Most Cited Review Article; 2013; Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  • KSEA Young Investigator Award ($10,000 award); 2013; Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association
  • BMES-CMBE 'Rising Star' Award; 2013; Biomedical Engineering Society
  • National Scientist Development Grant Award; 2013; American Heart Association
  • Elected Senior Member; 2012; IEEE
  • Perkins Coie Award for Discovery; 2011; University of Washington
  • Harold M. Weintraub Award in the Biological Sciences; 2010; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Samsung HumanTech Thesis Award – Silver Prize; 2009; Samsung
  • Predoctoral Fellowship Award; 2008 – 2010; American Heart Association
  • The Surface Engineering Best Paper Award; 2007; the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • KIST Scientist of the Month Award; March, 2005; Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Scientist of the Year Award; 2004; Future Technology Research Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Recipient of KOSEF Oversea Research Fellowship; 2003; the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF)
  • Hogil-Kim Memorial Fellow Exchange Student; 1996; University of Birmingham, UK

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 biomedical sciences; particularly, microscale control of cell positioning, soluble and substratum-bound ligands, microscale stem/tumor cell niche engineering, and microscale cardiovascular tissue engineering.