Ji Yeon Kim

    Email Address: jiyeonk@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 1262 Phone: 69545
    Webpage: www.thekimlab.org
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Understanding how metabolism is altered during tumorigenesis and metastasis is believed to be of significant translational potential. Metabolic reprogramming often increases the survival and proliferation of cancer cells, but can also introduce new targetable liabilities to these cells. The study of cancer metabolism has largely focused on central carbon metabolism, such as glycolysis, the pentose phosphate pathway, and the citric acid cycle. However, little attention has been given to investigating the functional roles of nitrogen metabolism in cancer biology. The overarching goal in my lab is to study the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying cancer metabolism, with a specific focus on nitrogen metabolism, and to identify metabolic liabilities that can be targeted therapeutically.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    preferred major: biology-related
    students with lab experiences are preferred.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Time commitment:
    We are expecting students to commit to working in the lab ~10 hours per week and to be able to be in the lab for periods of 3 to 5 hours per day or at least two consecutive days.

    Classroom is the priority for a student. But we expect students to be at work on time and to devote work time to work tasks.

    Sophomores: We are looking for students who are willing to commit to working in the lab for 2+ years, pending an initial evaluation period.

    Juniors need prior research experience in specific research areas (e.g. standard molecular biology techniques like PCR, rtPCR, cell culture work, or working with mice).

    * Training plan:
    Initially, you will learn basic lab techniques and assist with routine maintenance of the lab. You will then choose a specific project to work on that is appropriate for your time commitment, skill set, and research interest.

    The student is expected to attend the weekly research meetings, participate in journal club, and gain the necessary skills to significantly contribute to at least one mini project. Students unable to maintain a weekly commitment will not be considered for renewed participation in subsequent years.

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