Jung-Whan (Jay) Kim received his Doctor of Vetinary Medicine degree from the Konkuk University College of Vetinary Medicine in 2000. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2006 and was an HHMI pre-doctoral fellow from 2003 to 2006. He then completed his post-doctoral training at UCSD and the Salk Institute and has been leading his own lab at the University of Texas at Dallas since spring 2013.
In his free time, he enjoys baseball and constructing gundam models.
Jung-Whan (Jay) Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D
Girdhari Rijal graduated with the Ph.D. degree from KNU, South Korea in Regenerative Medicine and Pathology. He extended his skills on 3D tissue prototype, 3D bioprinting, bioink, scaffolds and tissue engineering at POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea. He transformed his skills in cancer studies through invention of 3D tumor models so as to reveal the role of native mimicking tumor microenvironment for gene expressions, metabolites and anti-cancer drug screening while doing research in Washington State University Spokane.
He is currently studying molecular signatures (e.g. GLUT1 and p63), which are highly expressed in cancer compared to normal tissue using latest innovative in vitro techniques like 3D/4D culture systems and heterogeneity-tumoroids, and animal studies.
Girdhari Rijal, Ph.D
Sean received his B.S in Medical Science from the National Tsing Hua University in 2014. He is currently studying the metabolic plasticity within lung squamous cell carcinoma.
Outside lab, Sean likes working out, playing league of legends and TV series.
Simba graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in December 2017 with his MS in Biology. He is currently studying the mechanisms that drive the development and progression of oral and esophageal cancer.
Simba's hobbies include traveling, listening to music, watching and playing sports.
Ph. D Student
Haleigh is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program and previously graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She is currently studying glucose adaptation in cancer cells.
Her hobbies include learning new languages and Soylent.
Ann is an undergraduate majoring in Healthcare Studies. She joined the lab in January of 2018. She is currently the lab manager.
In her minimal spare time, she is a boba connoisseur and enjoys all things matcha.
Madison Palmer joined the lab in March of 2018. She is currently a senior student at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.
Outside the lab, Maddie enjoys sculpture, cooking, tea, and reading web comics.
Jordan is a senior biochemistry major at the University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the lab in July of 2018.
In her free time, Jordan loves to play volleyball and going to the movies.
Shinyup Lee received his M.D., Ph.D. in Internal Medicine from the Kyungbook National University School of Medicine in 2009 and was part of the Jay Kim lab as a visiting scholar from 2015 to 2016. He is currently an assistant professor and practicing physician at the Lung Cancer Care Center in the Kyungbook National University Hospital.
Shinyup Lee M.D., Ph.D.
Justin Goodwin received his B.S. in Biology in 2015 and M.S. in Biotechnology in 2016 from the University of Texas at Dallas. He served as the main researcher in The Jay Kim Lab from 2015-2017. Currently, he is an MD-PhD student at the Yale School of Medicine.
Robin Ruthenborg received her M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Texas at Dallas and was the lab manager and research associate in the Jay Kim lab from 2014 to 2015. She is currently a safety specialist in the Office of Research Compliance at UTD.
Nithya graduated Fall 2018 with an MS in Biotechnology from UTD and previously graduated from the Vellore Institute of Technology, India in 2016 with a B. Tech degree in Biotechnology. She was the lab manager of Jay Kim lab for 2018.
Outside the lab, Nithya loves to read, is an avid foodie, and is a huge history enthusiast.
Joshua Choe was a high school research intern from summer 2014 to summer 2016. He is currently an undergraduate studying molecular biology at Columbia University.
High School Student
Taylor Carson is currently a senior at Plano Academy High School. She began interning at the Jay Kim Lab during the Summer of 2016. Now, she is waiting for college acceptance letters!
Outside of lab, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix shows.