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OUR TEAM

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Dokyoon Kim, PhD   (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Dokyoon Kim is an Associate Professor of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Director of the Center for AI-Driven Translational Informatics (CATI) and holds the role of Associate Director of Informatics at Penn Immune Health. His primary focus is on the integration of multi-modal data, encompassing 'omics data, environmental data, imaging, and phenotype data from Electronic Health Records (EHR). Through the use of artificial intelligence (AI), he advances the fields of precision medicine and translational informatics.

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Yanggyun Kim, MD, PhD   (Visiting Associate Professor)

Dr. Yanggyun Kim has been a visiting faculty member in the Kim Lab since March 2024. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Gangdong Kyung Hee University Hospital in Korea, specializing in nephrology. Her research interests include analyzing clinical data and genomics related to chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and obesity.

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Dong Wook Kwak, MD, PhD   (Visiting Associate Professor)

Dr. Dong Wook Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ajou University Hospital in Korea, specializing in maternal-fetal medicine. He is interested in analyzing clinical data and genomics related to pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, preterm delivery, and postpartum depression.

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Jeong ha Wie, MD, PhD   (Visiting Associate Professor)

Dr. Jeong ha Wie will join the Kim Lab as a visiting faculty member in September 2024. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eunpyeong St. Mary's Hospital, affiliated with the Catholic University of Korea. Her subspecialty is maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Wie is interested in utilizing big data and precision medicine to manage high-risk pregnancies.

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Yonghyun Nam, PhD   (Research Associate)

Dr. Yonghyun Nam joined the Kim Lab as a postdoc fellow in Sep, 2019.

He is interested in graph-based machine learning algorithms and applying/developing novel methodologies for biomedical informatics or translational informatics. One of his current studies is developing a scoring system to predict co-occurrence disease or disease related-key genes.

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Dong-gi Lee, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Dong-gi Lee joined the Kim Lab in September 2022. His research interests include graph-based machine learning algorithms and applying them in fields of biomedical informatics. He is also interested in polygenic risk score (PRS), imaging genetics, and integrating multi-omics/multi-modal data for predicting the personalized risk of diseases, especially dementia-related diseases.

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Sang-Hyuk Jung, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Sang-Hyuk Jung joined the Kim Lab in October 2022. He is interested in polygenic risk score (PRS) and biobank data analysis for predicting risk of cardiometabolic diseases.

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Jonghyun Lee, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Jonghyun Lee will be joining the Kim Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2024. He is interested in machine learning algorithms and real-world applicable methodologies for the biomedical field. His recent research interests include digital pathology-based models and multi-modality data integration, such as vision-language models and digital pathology-genomics.

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Chang-Uk Jeong   (Data Associate)

Chang-Uk Jeong will join the Kim Lab as a data associate at the Center for AI-driven Translational Informatics (CATI) in July 2024. He is interested in translational bioinformatics, omics data integration, AI-driven approaches to drug discovery, and the application of category theory alongside machine learning methods to deepen the understanding of genetics and advance medical science.

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Dana Caputo   (Administrative Coordinator)

Dana joined the team in February 2024. She has a varied administrative-heavy background, from airfreight logistics to the food service business to the entertainment industry. She approaches all aspects of any job with positivity and creativity. She is interested in applying all her experience and enthusiasm to the Kim Lab.

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Jacob Leiby   (Graduate Student)

Jake Leiby is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in March, 2020.  He is interested in multi-omics data integration and radiogenomics and how we can use this information to predict disease outcomes.

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Brenda Xiao   (Graduate Student)

Brenda Xiao is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in July, 2020. She has been co-mentored by Dr. Marylyn Ritchie at Penn Genetics. She is interested in biomedical informatics, cancer genomics, multi-omics data integration, and EHR data analysis.

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Erica Suh   (Graduate Student)

Erica Suh is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim Lab in July, 2021. She is interested in applying data science and machine learning to answer essential questions in medicine and healthcare. When she’s not in front of the computer, you might be able to find Erica hiking in the mountains or relaxing at your local coffee shop.

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Karl Keat   (Graduate Student)

Karl Keat is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim Lab in July, 2021. He has been co-mentored by Dr. Marylyn Ritchie at Penn Genetics. He is interested in the application of multi-omic tools towards the advancement of precision medicine, diagnostics, and pharmacogenomics.

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Jaesik Kim, MS   (Graduate Student)

Jaesik Kim is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Bioengineering. He is interested in biomedical informatics, machine learning, deep learning, polygenic risk score (PRS), omics data integration, vision representation learning, and biomedical language representation.

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Jakob Woerner   (Graduate Student)

Jakob Woerner is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in July, 2022. He is interested in integrating data to better understand diseases and improve medicine.

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Manu Shivakumar, MS   (Graduate Student)

Manu Shivakumar is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in July, 2022. He was previously a bioinformatician in the lab. He is interested in biomedical informatics, cancer genomics, disease-disease networks and risk prediction.

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Matthew Lee   (Graduate Student)

Matthew Lee is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in July, 2022. He has been co-mentored by Dr. John Wherry. His research interests include but are not limited to, deep and machine learning, multi-modality (omics, imaging, clinical) data integration, precision medicine, and translational informatics. He is interested in harnessing the potential of technology, to tackle complex issues in medicine and improve the health and/or wellness of patients.

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Yidi Huang  (Graduate Student)

Yidi Huang is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and has joined the Kim lab in July, 2023. He previously received his BS in Computer Science and Systems Biology and MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. He is broadly interested in evidence generation from real-world data and clinical machine learning.

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Lexi Li  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Lexi Li is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and is a rotating student in fall 2023. She is broadly interested in integrating modalities such as imaging data and EHR data into genomic data to complement the current method of diagnosing and predicting diseases.

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Lina Takemaru  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Lina is a PhD student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB), and will join the Kim lab for a rotation in winter 2024. She received her BS in Biometry and Statistics and her MPS in Applied Statistics from Cornell University. She is interested in applying machine learning methods and developing data analytics tools to multi-modal data to advance immunotherapy and precision oncology.

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Thomas Westbrook  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Thomas Westbrook is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) and will join the Kim lab for a rotation project in spring, 2024. He is interested in multi-omic data integration and how it can be used to understand mechanisms and risks for human disease.

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Seokho Jeong, MA  (Visiting Graduate Student)

Seokho Jeong is a PhD Candidate in the School of Data Science at Seoul National University (SNU) under the guidance of Dr. Seunggeun Lee. He joined the Kim Lab as a visiting student in 2023-2024. Seokho received his master's degree in statistics at SNU, concentrating on biostatistics and bioinformatics. In recent years, he has been in joint work on polygenic risk scores and biobank data with Shivakumar. He is also interested in large-scale biobanks, multi-omics, pharmacogenetics, and cancer genomics.

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Joy Zhang  (Master's Student)

Joy Zhang joined the Kim Lab in January 2024. She is an engineering master student at Penn. She is interested in applying her knowledge in engineering, machine learning and AI technology to biomedical informatics field.

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Manasa Vempati  (Master's Student)

Manasa Vempati, a Bioengineering graduate student, focuses on medical devices, imaging, deep learning, precision medicine, and AI. Her research is dedicated to developing high-throughput data capture and computational pipelines for imaging human organs at light microscopic resolution, managing terapixels and petavoxels of data. She is also interested in creating methods that identify architectural nuances, tissue changes, and gene expressions to discover biomarkers. Committed to rigorous analysis, Manasa is at the forefront of innovation in biomedical engineering.

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Roberto Ligeralde  (Undergraduate Student)

Roberto Ligeralde is a rising Penn junior studying math and computer science. He is interested in medical applications of deep learning and generative models, particularly the development of multi-modal diagnostic tools. Outside of the lab, you can find him playing violin for Penn Symphony Orchestra, or hanging around Chinatown looking for food.

ALUMNI

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Jason E. Miller, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Miller is now a senior scientist statistical geneticist at Merck.

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Wonjun Ji, MD   (Visiting Scientist)

Dr. Ji is now a clinical assistant professor at the division of respiratory and critical care medicine at the Asan Medical Center.

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Lisa (Gahyun) Bang, MS   (Bioinformatics Analyst)

Lisa is now a bioinformatics analyst at Geisinger.

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Eun Kyung Choe, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Choe is a now professor at the Division of Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery at Healthcare System Gangnam Center of Seoul National University Hospital and also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Department of Surgery at College of Medicine at Seoul National University. 

So Yeon Kim, PhD   (Visiting Graduate Student)

Dr. Kim is now an assistant professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Ajou University.

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SeungYub Han   (Rotating Graduate Student)

SeungYub is now a graduate student in the Dr. Junhyong Kim's lab at Penn.

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Ji Won Park, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Park is now a clinical associate professor at the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery at Seoul National University Hospital.

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Seung Mi Lee, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Lee is now a clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Seoul National University Hospital.

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Jae-Seung Yun, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Jae-Seung Yun is an associate professor of Internal Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea.

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Nari Kim   (Undergraduate Researcher)

Nari Kim is now an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kevin Shen   (High School Researcher)

Kevin Shen is now a junior from Harriton High School.

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Jie Hao, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Jie Hao finished her postdoc training and is now an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Medical Information at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College. 

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Rachit Kumar   (Rotating Graduate Student)

Rachit Kumar is an MD-PhD student affiliated with the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Anni Moore   (Rotating Graduate Student)

Anni Moore is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Max Dudek   (Rotating Graduate Student)

Max Dudek is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB). 

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Soojin Cha, PhD   (Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Cha is a Research Assistant Professor at Hanyang University.

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Garam Lee, PhD   (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr. Lee is a Research Assistant Professor at Seoul National University Hospital.

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Alexis Garófalo  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Alexis Garófalo is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Jenna Ballard  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Jenna Ballard is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Anastasia Lucas  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Anastasia Lucas is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Rasika Venkatesh  (Rotating Graduate Student)

Rasika Venkatesh is a graduate student from the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB).

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Youngchan Lee, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Youngchan Lee is now an Associate Professor of Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Kyung Hee University.

Kiwon Moon, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Kiwon Moon  is now a Professor of Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital in Korea.

Gukjin Lee, MD, PhD   (Visiting Faculty)

Dr. Gukjin Lee is now an Assistant Professor of Department of Internal Medicine, Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea.

Vivek Sriram, PhD  (Graduate student)

Dr. Vivek Sriram is now a Clinical Data Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. 

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