Yoon Jung Kim, Ph.D., earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul and stayed to complete her master’s in environmental microbiology. From there, she pursued a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon. Then she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Yale University School of Medicine, where she studied transcriptional mechanisms modulated by enhancer and chromosome structure in cell development and disease. As a research scientist, she continued to work on gene regulation, establishing multiple genomic techniques.
Dr. Kim joined the Xu lab at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern in 2019 as a research scientist focused on genomics and gene regulation by phase-separate condensate formation and cell-specific enhancers. In 2023, she was promoted to Assistant Professor of Research in CRI.