Yu Jung Kim did both her undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry at U.C. Riverside, earning a B.S. in 1995, an M.S. in 1996, and a Ph.D. in 2002. Her research background has been in the study of transposable elements and understanding how the hobo and Hermes elements function at the genetic level. Her graduate work involved characterizing the sequence requirements for hobo transposition and target site specificity of the hobo and Hermes elements. She continued her postdoctoral work where she investigated the role of the Rel signaling pathway in mosquito immune responses and evaluated the activity of the Herves transposable element from the mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Before coming to Cal State San Bernardino in 2006, she worked briefly at the UC San Diego Medical Center studying the effects of an ACE inhibitor drug on myocardial apoptosis.
Dr. Kim teaches general biochemistry lecture and lab for chemistry and biology majors, as well as laboratory classes in general chemistry.
Research and Teaching Interests
She is currently working in collaboration with Professor Yeon Soo Han (Chonnam National University, Korea) to understand the Toll immune signaling pathway in the yellow mealworm Tenebrio molitor.