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Jonghwan Kim
Assistant Professor in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

Main Office: NMS 4.314
Phone: 512-232-8045

Alternate Office: NMS 4.246
Alt. Phone: 512-232-8046

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station A5000
NMS 2.104
Austin ,TX 78712

Jonghwan Kim

Research Summary

Defining the molecular mechanisms maintaining stemness - self-renewal and pluripotency - of Embryonic stem (ES) cells, as well as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is of great interest for understanding early development and for their potential therapeutic applications in regenerative medicine. Systematic understanding of the mechanisms controlling the stemness of pluripotent stem cells relies on high-throughput tools to define gene expression and regulatory networks at the genome level. Systems biology approaches have revealed highly interconnected ES cell specific regulatory networks in which multiple cis and trans regulatory elements are involved. Interestingly, recent studies have suggested that pluripotent stem cells and cancer cells share common features, notably self-renewal and a block in differentiation. Our laboratory studies transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of pluripotent stem cells using a broad panel of techniques including molecular biology and high-throughput genomics approaches in combination with computational analysis. Particularly, our research interests focus on understanding 1) regulatory networks controlling stemness of ES cells and iPS cells, and 2) regulatory networks generating common gene expression signatures between pluripotent stem cells and cancer.



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