Hajin Kim

Associate Professor

Rm 701-7, Bldg 110

Single Molecule Biophysics Group

Single Molecule Biophysics l  Genome Imaging l Molecular Motor Dynamics

We look at “Life”, molecule by molecule. Single molecule approaches to biology and biophysics reveal unforeseen details about the building blocks of biology. From these, we can understand the role of fluctuations and the interplay of molecules, to open new insights into the functioning of the biomolecules. These insights can provide novel strategies toward biomedical problems as well as answers to scientific questions. We develop and combine cutting-edge single molecule and single cell techniques to solve important problems in biological science, including the organization and dynamics of chromosomes, biomolecular recognition/assembly, molecular machinery working on nucleic acids, and intrinsically disordered proteins. Our study requires cross-disciplinary efforts from biologists, physicists, chemists, and engineering scientists and we pursue collaborations with groups from diverse scientific disciplines. One of our major interests is to uncover the molecular level principles that govern the spatiotemporal organization of chromatin and its epigenetic control for regulating DNA repair and gene expression, eventually determining the fate of the cell.

Curriculum Vitae

– 2019-: Associate Professor, UNIST

– 2014-2019: Assistant Professor, UNIST

– 2009-2014: Research Associate, UIUC/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

– 2006-2009: Postdoc Fellow, UC Berkeley

Academic Credential

– 2006: Ph.D., Physics, Seoul National University

– 2001: M.S., Physics, Seoul National University

– 1999: B.S., Physics, Seoul National University