Dr. Hyesoo Kim is an Assistant Professor of the Institute for Cell Engineering and the Department of Neurology. Dr. Kim received undergraduate degrees from the Ewha Womans University (Biological Science) and the Kunkuk University (Veterinary Medicine) in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from the Seoul National University and came to the USA to complete postdoctoral work in the Lorenz Studer Lab, in the Developmental Biology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute, New York. Dr. Kim joined the Johns Hopkins as a faculty member in 2017.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Kim has been studying human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) and its application for disease modeling and drug discovery. In her postdoctoral training, Dr. Kim’s research focus was to study the status of pluripotency and reprogramming in terms of neural propensity in multiple human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). With extensive experience in hPSCs, Dr. Kim joined as a Director of Stem Cell Core Facility (SCCF) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she supported stem cell research communities inside and outside of Johns Hopkins, by sharing expertise and techniques for over 5 years. Since 2017, Dr. Kim became an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Cell Engineering, and the Kim lab is focusing on enhancing the capacity of hPSCs-based approaches.