Dr. Keekyoung Kim

Educational Background

  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • M.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (Kyung Hee University, South Korea)

General Background

Dr. Keekyoung Kim began his position as the Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in July 2013. Dr. Kim earned PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and BE in Mechanical Engineering from Kyung Hee University, South Korea. Before joining to UBC, Dr. Kim worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Mechanical Engineering and Pediatric Cardiology; a Research Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University; and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, and Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation at Pennsylvania State University.

His research interests span many disciplines, including bioMEMS, Lab-on-a-chip, biomechanics, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine/tissue engineering. Generally his research focuses on developing integrated bio/micro/nanosystems to characterize biomaterials for controlling cellular microenvironments; investigate cellular and molecular response to controlled mechanical stimuli; and fabricate functional micro-scale tissues. Dr. Kim aims to apply his extensive research background towards expanding research and education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at UBC Okanagan.

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics of Materials (ENGR 476)
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (ENGR 406/506)
  • Biomaterials and Tissuengineering
  • Cell Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Micro/Nanosystems:
    • Development of biomimetic micro/nanoscale systems and structures
    • Micro/nanoscale force measurement systems for mechanobiology study
    • Microsystem-assisted intelligent cell manipulation system
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology:
    • Comparative nanobiomechanics studies for biological cells in healthy and disease state
    • Interaction between biomaterials and stem cell
  • High-throughput Biomaterial Screening:
    • Biomaterial synthesis, characterization, and screening for synthetic stem cell microenvironments
    • Tissue engineering for regenerative medicine
    • Combinatorial hydrogel-extra cellular matrix (ECM) arrays for cell-ECM interaction
    • Cell microarray chip for drug screening


Articles published in refereed journals:

  • K. Kim, H. Yi, M.S. Zamil, A. Haque, and V.M. Puri, "Multi-scale strain-stress characterization of onion outer epidermal peel tissue in wet and dry states," under review, 2014.
  • J. Oh, J. Jang, K. Kim, and S.C. Choi, "Microfluidic fabrication of in-situ gelable chitosan-dextran microgels", Biotechnology Letters, under review, 2014.
  • J.M. Cha, H. Bae, N. Sadr, S. Manoucheri, F. Edalat, K. Kim, S.B. Kim, Y.-S. Hwang, and A. Khademhosseini," Embryoid body size-mediated differential endodermal and mesodermal differentiation influenced cardiogenic and engothelial development of embryonic stem cells," under review, 2014. 
  • J. Jang, J. Oh, K. Kim, D.H. Lee, S.C. Choi, and J. Oh, "Microfluidic-assisted rapid generation of tubular cell-laden microgel inside glass capillary," Biotechnology Letter, accepted for publication, 2014.
  • K. Koo, S.B. Kim, K. Kim, and J. Oh, "An optical multi-sensing system for detection of cardiovascular toxicity," Biotechnology Letters, published online (DOI 10.1007/s10529-014-1453-1), 2014.
  • C. Cha, J. Oh, K. Kim, Y. Qiu, M. Joh, S.R. Shin, X. Wang, G. Camci-Unal, K. Wan, R. Liao, and A. Khademhosseini, "Microfluidics-assisted fabrication of gelatin-silica core−shell microgels for Injectable tissue constructs," Biomacromolecures, Vol. 15(1), pp. 283-290, 2014. (Selected as ACS editors' choice article)
  • K. Kim*, J. Oh*, S.W. Won*, C. Cha, A. Gaharwar, Š. Selimović, H. Bae, K.H. Lee, D.H. Lee, S.-H. Lee, and A. Khademhosseini, “Microfluidic fabrication of cell adhesive chitosan microtubes,” Biomedical Microdevices, Vol 15(2), pp. 465-472, 2013. (* Equal contribution) 
  • S.R. Shin, S. Jung, M. Zalabany, K. Kim, P. Zorlutuna, S.B. Kim, M. Nikkhah, M. Khabiry, M. Azize, J. Kong, K.-T. Wan, T. Palacios, M. Dokmeci, H. Bae, X. Tang, and A. Khademhosseini, “Carbon nanotube embedded hydrogel sheets for engineering functional cardiac tissues and bioactuators,” ACS Nano, Vol. 7(3), pp. 2369-2380, 2013. 
  • R.E. Tayler, K. Kim, N. Sun, S.-J. Park, J. Y. Sim, G. Fajardo, D. Bernstein, J.C. Wu, and B.L. Pruitt, “Sacrificial layer technique for axial force assay of immature cardiomyocytes,” Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 15(1), pp. 171-181, 2013.  
  • M. Nikkhah, N. Eshak, P. Zorlutuna, N. Annabi, M. Castello, K. Kim, A. Dolatshahi-Pirouz, F. Edalat, H. Bae, Y. Yang, and A. Khademhosseini, “Directed endothelial cell morphogenesis in micropatterned gelatin methacrylate hydrogels,” Biomaterials, Vol. 33(35), pp. 9009-9018, 2012. 
  • M. Bauer, K. Kim, Y. Qiu, B. Calpe, A. Khademhosseini, R. Liao, and I. Wheeldon, “Spot identification and quality control in cell-based microarrays,” ACS combinatorial Science, Vol. 14(8), pp.471-477, 2012.
  • K. Kim, R.E. Taylor, J.Y. Sim, S.-J. Park, J.J. Norman, G. Fajardo, D. Bernstein, and B.L. Pruitt, “Calibrated micropost arrays for biomechanical characterization of cardiomyocytes,” Micro and Nano Letters, Vol. 6, pp. 317-322, 2011.
  • K. Kim, J. Cheong, Q, Liu. X. Y. Wu, and Y. Sun, “Investigation of mechanical properties of soft hydrogel microcapsules in relation to protein delivery using a MEMS force sensor,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, Vol. 92, pp. 103-113, 2010.
  • K. Kim, X. Y. Liu, Y. Zhang, J. Cheong, X. Y. Wu, and Y. Sun, “Elastic and viscoelastic characterization of microcapsules for drug delivery using a force-feedback MEMS microgripper,” Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 11, pp. 421-427, 2009.
  • X. Y. Liu, K. Kim, Y. Zhang, and Y. Sun, “Nanonewton force sensing and control in microrobotic cell manipulation,” International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 28, pp. 1065–1076, 2009.
  • K. Kim, X. Y. Liu, Y. Zhang, and Y. Sun, “Nanonewton force-controlled manipulation of biological cells using a monolithic MEMS microgripper with two-axis force feedback,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol.18, 055013, 2008. (selected by Institute of Physics as an IOP Selected Article)
  • K. Kim, Y. Sun, R.M. Voyles, and B.J. Nelson, “Calibration of multi-axis MEMS force sensors using the shape from motion method,” IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 7, pp. 344-351, 2007.
  • X.Y. Liu, K. Kim, and Y. Sun, “A MEMS stage for 3-axis nanopositioning,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 17, pp. 1796-1802, 2007.
  • K. Kim and L. Sudak, “Interaction between a matrix crack and three-phase circular inclusion with imperfect interface in plane elasticity,” International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 131, pp. 155-172, 2005.

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Keekyoung Kim

Assistant Professor
Office: EME 4263
Tel: (250) 807-8040
Fax: (250) 807-9850
E-mail: keekyoung.kim@ubc.ca
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I am currently looking for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate researchers who are interested in biomedical engineering area. Please feel free to contact me with your C.V and statement of interests.