Dr. Eun-Hae Kim
1177 E Fourth St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0038
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, AZ 85721-0038
Saguaro Hall Rm 315
1110 E. South Campus
Tucson, AZ 85721
SWES-MEL (Soil, Water, and Environmental Science - Microbial Ecology Laboratory)
Saguaro Hall Rm 301
Email: eunhae.kim at arizona dot edu
Ph.D., Environmental Science, Biochemistry
- University of Arizona
- Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
- Integrating an interdisciplinary approach of comparative genomics, molecular microbiology,
- and biochemistry to better understand mechanisms of metal transport systems in bacteria.
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- School of Life Sciences
- Elucidation of the roles and regulation of virulence factors in bacterial intracellular pathogens by
- employing biochemical and genetic methods.
B.S., Biological Sciences
- University of Southern California
- Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies
- Characterization of microbial communities in aquatic and terrestrial environments on Santa Catalina
- Island utilizing 16S rRNA genes as a phylogenetic marker.
I graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences.
I was afforded the opportunity to do some really awesome field research at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies where I studied phylogenetics and phylogeography of microbial populations around Catalina Island.
I then moved to the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, NV where I obtained my Masters of Science degree in Microbiology. It was at UNLV where my work was extended from molecular biology to honing the skills necessary for employing biochemical methodologies. The focus of my research was analyzing virulence factors of the bacterial pathogen, Shigella.
I had a passion for creative and critical thinking and decided to continue my graduate career by obtaining a Ph.D. On an interview at the University of Arizona in the great Sonoran desert, I had arrived at an opportune time during monsoon season, which instantly made me fall in love with Tucson. I obtained my Doctorate degree at the University of Arizona in Environmental Science with a focus in Biochemistry. As a Ph.D. student, my research integrated a multidisciplinary approach of comparative genomics, molecular biology, and biochemistry to better understand mechanisms of metal homeostasis in microorganisms.
These acquired biochemical tools now have led me to the incredible field of proteomics, specifically community proteomics. My research focuses on how microbial communities impact biogeochemistry and global change.
I use the techniques of molecular microbial ecology and biochemistry via metagenomics and metaproteomics to examine microbial community interactions within populations and their environment, specifically in critical terrestial environments.
A driving question of my research is: What is the role microbes play in carbon gas emissions from thawing permafrost?
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Selected as high impact publication by ASM Press and included in Journal Highlights section in Microbe Magazine, June 2011
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