Hak Jun - Kim
Hak Jun Kim is a biochemist and structural biologist, earned Ph.D from School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University in 2003. He did a postdoctoral research with Dr. Chuck Sanders at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA during 2003-2006. His major interest was to express, purify, and characterize disease-related membrane proteins (MPs), and further to solve three-dimensional structures of MPs in solution. His structural work on E.coli diacylglycerol kinase was published in Science in 2009. He joined Korea Polar Research Institute in 2006 and has worked on ice-binding proteins from psychrophiles. Since then he found a few ice-binding proteins from sea ice and marine bacteria, microalgae, and fungi and recently solve 3-D structure of Artic yeast ice-binding protein. He was awarded Davincci Young Scientist Prize from Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science and Technology in 2009. He joined Pukyong National University in the autumn of 2013. Now he has published more than 60 papers.