New investigator: So-Youn Kim, PhD

So-Youn Kim, PhD

So-Youn Kim, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC’s 2020 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: So-Youn Kim, PhD
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: October 2018
  • Hometown: Seoul, Korea

New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

Research focus:

  • Oncofertility
  • Cancer cachexia

The goal of my research is: to understand (for oncofertility) the mechanisms of primordial follicle depletion that occurs during gonadotoxic cancer treatment and to develop adjuvant therapies against this iatrogenic consequence. The goal of my research (for cancer cachexia) is to uncover the underlying mechanisms of adipose tissue loss related to activin A and to identify potential targets to prevent adipose tissue wasting in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

My research will make a difference because:

My research for oncofertility will have a significant impact on the field by clarifying mechanisms by which specific chemotherapeutic agents deplete primordial follicles, and by testing the preclinical fertoprotective efficacy and safety of candidate adjuvants against specific chemotherapeutic agents. My research for cancer cachexia will make a difference by clarifying the underlying diversity of cancer cachexia depending on cancer types.

The best advice I’ve ever been given is:

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets and wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special!

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I love cooking for my husband and three big kids.
  • I played piano for a long time.
  • I love coffee.


  1. Thomas Caffrey says:

    Congratulations on the New Investigator Award Dr Kim, you are a fine addition to our research community at UNMC !

  2. Rick Blum says:

    We are proud to have Dr. Kim as an important part of our research team! Congratulations Dr. KIm!

  3. Adam Karpf says:

    Great job So-Youn! Well deserved honor for you.

  4. Carrie Drummond says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Kim!

  5. Donny Suh says:

    Dr. Kim, welcome to Omaha and UNMC. Best wishes.

  6. Amy Dodson says:

    Congratulations Dr. Kim!

  7. Dana S'aulis says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Kim! You deserve it!

  8. Dr. Schultz says:

    Congratulations Dr.Kim. I want to also congratulate her for being elected secretary for the Midlands Society of Physiological Sciences.

  9. Carol Casey says:

    Congratulations, So-Youn! Am very happy for you and this is a well-deserved honor!

  10. Sathishkumar Natarajan says:

    Congratulations Soo-Youn, well deserved honor!!!

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