Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D.

Woo-Yang Kim, PhDDevelopmental Neuroscience
Kim Lab

Munroe-Meyer Institute
985960 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5960

Office: 402-559-1337
Lab: 402-559-1227

Professional Summary:

Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Developmental Neuroscience in the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The goal of Dr. Kim's research is to understand how the brain establishes complex yet specific neural circuits during development and postnatal periods. Abnormal formation of the brain and neural circuits is linked to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diseases including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. Thus, Dr. Kim’s laboratory focuses on identifying key molecules and associated mechanisms of circuit construction in normal and disease brains, which may lead to a better understanding of neurological disorders affecting cognitive, emotional, and social behaviors.

Neural circuit formation depends on the generation, positioning, and differentiation of many types of neurons. To delineate mechanisms of brain development, Dr. Kim’s group investigates molecules involved in chromatin remodeling and neurotrophin signaling pathways. Dr. Kim’s lab uses a combination of approaches including mouse genetics, mouse behavioral testing, in-utero manipulation of rodent brains, ex vivo preparations for brain tissues, stereotaxic gene delivery, neural circuit analysis using genetic tools, neural cell and tissue culture, immunostaining, molecular and biochemical techniques, and time-lapse and high resolution imaging.


Ph.D., Neuroscience, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2004
M.S., Molecular Biology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 1998
B.S., Biology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 1996

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