Su Jin Kim (pronouns: she/ella) is a systems neuroscientist who studies a range of questions in neurobiology, the study of the biological mechanisms behind the brain and behavior. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University (advisor: Dr. Kishore Kuchibhotla), in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is currently studying how audiomotor associations are consolidated for long-term use. Previously she was at Boston University’s Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Psychological and Brain Sciences. She has worked on a high precision voluntary head-fixation method for mice (advisor: Dr. Ben Scott), which is open access. Her main interests are engineering more ethological systems for experimentation, and systems-level consolidation and updating of learned sensorimotor information.

Previously she examined exploratory behavior in mice and piloted methods for artificial touch using optogenetics (advisor: Dr. Jason Ritt, now at Brown University).

Outside of research, she is passionate about teaching and mentorship. She enjoys teaching engineering principles and fabricating new pieces (3D printing and machining). She is currently piloting an open courseware class targeted to neuroscientists who want to learn CAD (Solidworks and Fusion 360). These materials are all available on this site.

She has uploaded her previous attempts at the NSF GRFP on this site, which can be found here.

Su actively assists students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in graduate school. Previously she has volunteered with Boston University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) to tutor K-12 students in math, and mentored high school students through Greater Boston Research Opportunities for Young Women (GROW), as well as undergraduates.

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). Alongside her academic research, she is actively engaged in outreach, diversity and inclusion, and education efforts. She received her BA from Boston University in 2017.

You can find her CV here, and her LinkedIn here.

My Github is s-j-k.

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