Deok-Ho Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He received his BS degree from POSTECH (1998), his MS degree from Seoul National University (2000), in Mechanical Engineering, and his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010). From March 2000 to June 2005, he worked as a research scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea, including his 7 months academic visit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich (ETH-Zurich).
The Kim lab's research spans the disciplinary boundaries between biomaterials, nanotechnology, and cell mechanobiology with an emphasis on their applications to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Using engineered microenvironments in combination with live cell imaging approaches, they study the interplay between mechanical and biochemical signaling in the regulation of cell function and fate decisions that are essential for tissue repair and regeneration following injury, and various developmental events. The ultimate goal of the Kim lab's research is to better understand complex cellular behavior in response to microenvironmental cues in normal, aging and disease states, to gain new mechanistic insights into the control of cell-tissue structure and function, and to develop multi-scale regenerative technologies for improving human health.
Dr. Kim has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, 4 book chapters, and 11 patents issued or pending in the areas of micro/nanotechnology, biomaterials, biomechanics, and cell/tissue engineering. Among the awards he has received are the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2008), the Samsung Humantech Thesis Award (2009), as well as the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award in Biological Sciences (2010).