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Pora Kim, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pora Kim joined the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) on October 16, 2020, as an Assistant Professor. Prior to this position, Kim was a Research Assistant Professor (2018-2020) and 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 with Chemistry B.A. from Ewha Womans University in 2005, she spent three years in IT and bioinformatics companies (ETRI and Macrogen). With a craving for more specific bioinformatics study, she rejoined ERCSB for the Ph.D. course and she received a Ph.D. in bioinformatics (2009-2013) mentored by Professor Sanghyuk Lee.

Kim has research interests in precision medicine and systems biology using diverse approaches of bioinformatics. She published many biological databases as the unique resources of functional annotation of the biological mechanisms. These results can provide reliable drug target candidates. These days, she is developing and studying the functional annotation of new genes from the chimeric transcripts aided by deep learning approaches. She likes to expand research scope to the diverse biological phenomenon from the molecular level to the clinical level including pharmacology. She is looking for research members of any type who will study interesting and exciting bioinformatics studies together.

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  • 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
  • Precision Medicine
  • Biological Database