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Pora Kim, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pora Kim joined the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) on April 16, 2018 as an assistant professor. Prior to this position, Kim was a postdoctoral researcher at UTHealth SBMI (2016-2018), Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) of Vanderbilt University (2014-2015), and Ewha Research Center for System Biology (ERCSB) of Ewha Womans University (2013-2014).

After receiving her M.S. in Bioinformatics from Ewha Womans University in 2005, she spent three years in companies like ETRI and Macrogen. With a craving for more specific bioinformatics study, she rejoined ERCSB for the PhD course and she received PhD in bioinformatics (2009-2013) mentored by Professor Sanghyuk Lee.

Kim have research interests in precision medicine and systems biology using the systematic approaches of bioinformatics. She published many biological databases as the unique resources of multiple biological mechanisms. These results can provide the reliable drug target candidates. In these days, her study design is driven by the cancer mechanisms like translocation, fusion genes, and domain retention/truncation. She will continue her research to help better understanding the mechanism of diseases including cancers.

Phone: 713-500-3635

Staff Support

Blanca Torres
Phone: 713-486-0114


  • PhD, Bioinformatics, 2013, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
  • MS, Bioinformatics, 2005, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
  • BS, Chemistry, 2003, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational biology
  • Computational cancer genomics