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Deok-Ho Kim, PhD

Deok Ho Kim
Research Interests: Stem cell engineering, tissue engineering, organs-on-chips, mechanobiology, biomaterials/biomedical devices, nanobiotechnology
Lab Website: Kim Lab
Publications: From Google Scholar
Research Interests

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.

Titles & Affiliations


  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering


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

Recent Highlights

  • March 8, 2023
    Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers are collaborating with NASA to send human heart “tissue-on-a-chip” specimens into space as early as March. The project is designed to monitor the tissue for changes in heart muscle cells’ mitochondria (their power supply) and ability to contract in low-gravity conditions.
  • October 20, 2022
    Deok-Ho Kim, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his significant contributions to advanced biomaterials and biointerfaces, as well as multi-scale biofabrication technologies.
  • August 16, 2022
    Deok-Ho Kim, ssociate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2022 Engineer of the Year Award from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies.


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