Deok-Ho Kim, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Ross 724B
Lab: Kim Lab


PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2000
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), 1998

Research Interests

Our research spans the disciplinary boundaries between nanotechnology, biomaterials, and mechanobiology with an emphasis on their applications to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Through the use of multi-scale biofabrication tools in combination with human pluripotent stem cell technologies, we focus on the development and application of bio-inspired materials/devices and functional tissue engineering models for elucidating regenerative biology, drug screening, disease modeling, and cell-based therapies. Using engineered microenvironments in combination with quantitative biology approaches, we are also studying the intricate interactions between mechanical and biochemical signaling in the regulation of cell/tissue function and fate decisions that are essential for tumor progression and metastasis, tissue repair and regeneration following injury, and various developmental events. The ultimate goal of our research is to better understand complex cellular behavior in response to microenvironmental cues in normal, aging, and disease states, to gain new mechanistic insights into the control of cell-tissue structure and function, and to develop multi-scale regenerative technologies for improving human health.

Publications Search

From Google Scholar

Selected Publications

Directed migration of cancer cells by the graded texture of the underlying matrix, Nature Materials (2016).

Thermoresponsive nanofabricated substratum for the engineering of three-dimensional tissues with layer-by-layer architectural control, ACS Nano (2014).

Printing three dimensional tissue analog with decellularized extracellular matrix bioink, Nature Communications (2014).

Engineering neuronal growth cone to promote axon regeneration over inhibitory molecules, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA (2011).

Nanoscale cues regulate the structure and function of macroscopic cardiac tissue constructs, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA (2010).

Smith AST, Choi E, Gray K, Macadangdang J, Ahn EH, Clark EC, Laflamme MA, Wu JC, Murry CE, Tung L, Kim DH. NanoMEA:  a tool for high-throughput, electrophysiological phenotyping of patterned excitable cells. Nano Letters, 2020;20(3), 1561-1570.

Park JS*, Kim DH*, Shah SR, Kim HN, Kshitiz, Kim P, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Levchenko A. Switch-like enhancement of epithelial-mesenchymal transition by YAP through feedback regulation of WT1 and small Rho-family GTPases. Nature Communications. 2019;10:2797.