Su Jin Kim (pronouns: she/her) is a systems neuroscientist who studies a range of questions in neurobiology, the study of the biological mechanisms behind the brain and behavior. She currently holds the position of Visting Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where she is examining the brain mechanisms underlying transitive inference and mental simulations (advisor: Dr. Ben Scott), and examining exploratory behavior in mice and developing methods for artificial touch using optogenetics (advisor: Dr. Jason Ritt).
As an undergraduate she studied hatching plasticity in red-eyed tree frogs at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Boston University (advisor: Dr. Karen Warkentin), and cocaine reinstatement in rats at McLean Hospital (advisor: Dr. Barak Caine). Alongside her academic research, she is passionate about outreach, diversity and inclusion, and education. She received her BA from Boston University in 2017.
At the moment she is interested in the following: determining fundamental physical laws of the nervous system and simulation of a whole organism nervous system; development of optogenetics tools and other neuroscience techniques in amphibians; and cognitive science, particularly radical embodied cognitive neuroscience (see Favela et al, 2014 RECN).