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

Genomic Views of Transcriptional Enhancers: Essential Determinants of Cellular Identity and Activity-Dependent Responses in the CNS.
Gray JM, Kim TK, West AE, Nord AS, Markenscoff-Papadimitriou E, Lomvardas S J. Neurosci. 2015 Oct 35 41 13819-26
Enhancer RNAs: A Class of Long Noncoding RNAs Synthesized at Enhancers.
Kim TK, Hemberg M, Gray JM Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol 2015 7 1
SET7/9 methylation of the pluripotency factor LIN28A is a nucleolar localization mechanism that blocks let-7 biogenesis in human ESCs.
Kim SK, Lee H, Han K, Kim SC, Choi Y, Park SW, Bak G, Lee Y, Choi JK, Kim TK, Han YM, Lee D Cell Stem Cell 2014 Dec 15 6 735-49
Emerging epigenetic mechanisms of long non-coding RNAs.
Schaukowitch K, Kim TK Neuroscience 2013 Dec

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