Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona from fall 2016.
He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kyung Hee University in February 2004. During his undergraduate study, he was recognized with a silver award (2nd prize) at the 14th National Undergraduate Student Competition in Transport Phenomena held by the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers and graduated with a Dean’s award for his academic achievements.
Dr. Kim moved to the U.S. for his graduate work, where he earned an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in December 2006 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in May 2011 at Duke University. He was a recipient of fellowships from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and Medtronic Foundation. Under the guidance of Prof. Marszalek, his research focused on biopolymer (proteins, DNA) design, synthesis, mechanics and self-assembly for nanostructured molecular materials. He discovered a unified structure-mechanical property relationship that elucidates the spring-like behavior found in most α-helical spiral-shaped proteins at the nanoscale level. He also developed a potential fabrication method to hierarchically self-assemble these mechanical proteins into supramolecular structures. His research was recognized with several awards from Duke University, including the Student Research Achievement Award at the Biophysical Society annual meeting in 2010.
After finishing his doctoral studies, Dr. Kim started his postdoctoral research with Prof. Olsen at MIT. His research focused on the development of biopolymer-based functional materials for defense applications. He developed a formulation where self-associated polymeric nanomaterials effectively detoxify chemical warfare nerve agents for environmental decontamination. He also designed the first synthetic selective filtering biopolymer hydrogel inspired by the nuclear membrane for the development of novel selective filtering materials to detect and remove biological warfare agents, such as SEB, anthrax and botulinum.
Dr. Kim’s research interests are broadly clustered in the areas of bioinspired/biomimetic materials, biomolecular engineering, soft condensed matter physics and nanoscale biophysics. He is currently interested in how bioinspired design and biosynthesis can be used for the preparation of novel functional materials, how the nanomechanics of folded biopolymers and artificially engineered hyperbranched biopolymer structures can be translated into the mechanics of macromolecular materials that provide new insight into polymer physics, and how protein sequences can control parameters that regulate the functional properties of polymeric materials. The developed materials will target applications in biotechnology for improving healthcare and national defense.
- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Design and characterization of protein-based building blocks for constructing self-assembled nanostructured molecular networks and materials
- M.S. Biomedical Engineering
- Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering
- Kyung Hee University, Suwon, Korea, Republic of
- Postdoctoral scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012 - 2016)
- Research assistant, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2006 - 2012)
- Award for Excellence at the Student Interface
- College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Spring 2017
Synthetic and biological Materials (MSE/BME 461/561), Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions (BME/ABE 486/586),Research Methods in Biomedical Research (BME 597G)
Functional proteins, artificial protein design, polymer networks, polymer gels, self-assembly, bioinspired/biomimetic materials
Materials Processing Lab
MSE 223L (Spring 2018)
MSE 223L (Spring 2017)
MSE 900 (Spring 2018)
MSE 900 (Fall 2017)
ABE 486 (Spring 2018)
ABE 586 (Spring 2018)
BME 486 (Spring 2018)
BME 586 (Spring 2018)
ABE 486 (Spring 2017)
ABE 586 (Spring 2017)
BME 486 (Spring 2017)
BME 586 (Spring 2017)
BME 492 (Fall 2017)
Rsrch Meth Biomed Engr
BME 597G (Fall 2017)
BME 597G (Fall 2016)
MSE 461 (Fall 2016)
BME 561 (Fall 2016)
- Kim, M., Chen, W. G., Souza, B. S., & Olsen, B. D. (2017). Selective Biomolecular Separation System Inspired by the Nuclear Pore Complex and Nuclear Transport. Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 2, 149-158. doi:10.1039/C7ME00006E
- Wang, R., Sing, M. K., Avery, R. K., Souza, B. S., Kim, M., & Olsen, B. D. (2016). Classical Challenges in the Physical Chemistry of Polymer Networks and the Design of New Materials. ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH, 49(12), 2786-2795.
- Kim, M., Chen, W. G., Kang, J. W., Glassman, M. J., Ribbeck, K., & Olsen, B. D. (2015). Artificially Engineered Protein Hydrogels Adapted from the Nucleoporin Nsp1 for Selective Biomolecular Transport. Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), 27(28), 4207-12.
- Kim, M., Gkikas, M., Huang, A., Kang, J. W., Suthiwangcharoen, N., Nagarajan, R., & Olsen, B. D. (2014). Enhanced activity and stability of organophosphorus hydrolase via interaction with an amphiphilic polymer. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 50(40), 5345-8.
- Lam, C. N., Kim, M., Thomas, C. S., Chang, D., Sanoja, G. E., Okwara, C. U., & Olsen, B. D. (2014). The nature of protein interactions governing globular protein-polymer block copolymer self-assembly. Biomacromolecules, 15(4), 1248-58.
- Kim, M., Tang, S., & Olsen, B. D. (2013). Physics of Engineered Protein Hydrogels. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS, 51(7), 587-601.
- Callahan, D. J., Liu, W., Li, X., Dreher, M. R., Hassouneh, W., Kim, M., Marszalek, P., & Chilkoti, A. (2012). Triple Stimulus-Responsive Polypeptide Nanoparticles That Enhance Intratumoral Spatial Distribution. NANO LETTERS, 12(4), 2165-2170.
- Kim, M., Wang, C., Benedetti, F., & Marszalek, P. E. (2012). A nanoscale force probe for gauging intermolecular interactions. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 51(8), 1903-6.
- Kim, M., Wang, C., Benedetti, F., Rabbi, M., Bennett, V., & Marszalek, P. E. (2011). Nanomechanics of Streptavidin Hubs for Molecular Materials. ADVANCED MATERIALS, 23(47), 5684-+.
- Kim, M., Abdi, K., Lee, G., Rabbi, M., Lee, W., Yang, M., Schofield, C. J., Bennett, V., & Marszalek, P. E. (2010). Fast and forceful refolding of stretched alpha-helical solenoid proteins. Biophysical journal, 98(12), 3086-92.
- Jiang, Y., Rabbi, M., Kim, M., Ke, C., Lee, W., Clark, R. L., Mieczkowski, P. A., & Marszalek, P. E. (2009). UVA generates pyrimidine dimers in DNA directly. Biophysical journal, 96(3), 1151-8.
- Ke, C., Loksztejn, A., Jiang, Y., Kim, M., Humeniuk, M., Rabbi, M., & Marszalek, P. E. (2009). Detecting solvent-driven transitions of poly(A) to double-stranded conformations by atomic force microscopy. Biophysical journal, 96(7), 2918-25.
- Kim, D., Novak, M. T., Wilkins, J., Kim, M., Sawyer, A., & Reichert, W. M. (2007). Response of monocytes exposed to phagocytosable particles and discs of comparable surface roughness. Biomaterials, 28(29), 4231-9.