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Jungwoo Wren Kim: David I. Macht Award

The best moments are the occasions when I find myself as a capable independent scientist, getting recognition from respectable senior scientists whom I admire.

Jungwoo Wren Kim

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Mentor: Ted Dawson and Valina Dawson

Project Details

We implemented a powerful molecular tool, mainly used in basic science, to understand pathological changes in the brain with Parkinson’s disease. Our results revealed disrupted cellular pathways relevant to the selective neuronal demise in Parkinson’s disease, thereby providing a major advance toward understanding the molecular mechanisms of the disease. 

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Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?

My primary interest was to apply new findings from cellular and molecular biology to understand the pathobiology of human disease. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was my dream school as we have a number of great scientists pioneering translational and interdisciplinary research here.

What does receiving this award mean to you?

Young scientists in training are generally living under strong pressure to prove themselves. This award is indeed a great encouragement and is giving me strong motivation to pursue an academic career. 

What contributed to your project's success?

I have benefited hugely from the independent research environment provided by Drs. Ted and Valina Dawson and I really appreciate their support. I was extremely lucky to have a chance to work with the actual inventor of the technique that became the main methodology for the study. 

What thoughts do you have about Young Investigator's Day itself?

To young scientists in training, timely achievement and recognition can be very essential for their morale. The Young Investigators’ Day award had been a great motivation to me, and has now become one of the major accomplishments I have made at Hopkins.

What has been your best/most memorable experience while at Johns Hopkins?

The best moments are the occasions when I find myself as a capable independent scientist, getting recognition from respectable senior scientists whom I admire.

What are your plans over the next year or so?

I am staying as an interim postdoctoral fellow in order to complete the publication process. I’m looking for the next destination for my postdoctoral training.

What are your hobbies or interests?

I play music with my girlfriend, who is a graduate student in the cellular and molecular medicine program and is also studying neuroscience.