A Physiodynamic Human Gut-on-a-Chip: From Organomimetics to Precision Medicine

Hyun Jung Kim

Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Texas at Austin

Hyun Jung Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Kim is a Principal Investigator of The Biomimetic Microengineering Laboratory that has focused on innovating bioinspired engineering principles to develop biomedical platform technologies to uncover the fundamental questions in human health and diseases. By leveraging the miniaturized human ‘Organs-on-Chips’ microphysiological system, Kim has created paradigm-shifting biomimicry to reconstitute the physical structure, physiological function, and mechanical dynamics of the living human intestine (Shin and Kim, PNAS, 2018; Shin et al., Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 2019; Shin et al., iScience, 2019 & 2020; Shin et al., Micromachines, 2020; Kim et al., PNAS, 2016). His research group has been particularly interested in emulating the host-microbiome ecosystem that orchestrates human health and diseases by integrating transdisciplinary approaches of clinical microbiology, microfluidics, and tissue engineering.


Kim has received research funding from NIH/NCI, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Cancer Research Institute, Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, National Research Foundation of Korea, Texas 4000 for Cancer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline USA, and non-profit or for-profit organizations. Kim also has awarded Technology Impact Award from Cancer Research Institute (2018), Texas 4000 Seed Grant Award (2017), Innovator Awards from Kenneth Rainin Foundation (2017), Vice President for Research Grant Award (2015), The Faculty STARs Program Award (2014), and numerous honors. Kim has provided editorial service at Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Nano Convergence, and World Journal of Gastroenterology. Kim is a member of American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Microbiology, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institute at UT Austin, American Physiological Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, and Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association.