Dr. Kim graduated from Korea University in South Korea with a bachelor degree in biology. During graduate study at Rutgers University (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), he studied the molecular mechanisms and regulation of eukaryotic gene expression under the supervision of Dr. Danny Reinberg (HHMI, currently at NYU).

After obtaining a PhD degree in Biochemistry, he continued his research career in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Greenberg (Harvard Medical School) as a postdoctoral fellow, studying how neuronal activity controls gene expression in neurons to mediate synapse remodeling and plasticity.

Dr. Kim joined the faculty in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern in 2010.


Korea University (1993), Biology
Graduate School
Rutgers University (2000), Biomedical Studies

Research Interest

  • Activity-regulated gene expression and epigenetic program in brain
  • The function of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in brain


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Emerging epigenetic mechanisms of long non-coding RNAs.
Schaukowitch K, Kim TK Neuroscience 2013 Dec
Systematic evaluation of factors influencing ChIP-seq fidelity.
Chen Y, Negre N, Li Q, Mieczkowska JO, Slattery M, Liu T, Zhang Y, Kim TK, He HH, Zieba J, Ruan Y, Bickel PJ, Myers RM, Wold BJ, White KP, Lieb JD, Liu XS Nat. Methods 2012 Jun 9 6 609-14
Bhlhb5 and Prdm8 form a repressor complex involved in neuronal circuit assembly.
Ross SE, McCord AE, Jung C, Atan D, Mok SI, Hemberg M, Kim TK, Salogiannis J, Hu L, Cohen S, Lin Y, Harrar D, McInnes RR, Greenberg ME Neuron 2012 Jan 73 2 292-303

Honors & Awards

  • The Klingenstein Fellowship Award
  • The Welch Foundation
  • Whitehall foundation
  • Regent’s Research Scholar Award, UT Southwestern
  • Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
  • Lefler Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • Deans Award for Excellence in Studies, Korea University