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Minjung  Kim

Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim
Assistant Professor

Contact

Office:
Phone: 813/745-6764
Email: Minjung.Kim@moffitt.org

Education

Ph.D. CABM University of Medicine & Dentistry, NJ 2001
Pos doc CABM University of Medicine & Dentistry, NJ 2001-2002
Post doc Dana-Faber Cancer Institute 2002-2006
Instructor Dana-Faber Cancer Institute 2006-2009

Research

Our laboratory is interested in (1) identifying genetic lesions driving melanoma initiation and progression and (2) understanding their functions utilizing genetically engineered mouse models. Our previous study has led to the identification of a novel melanoma metastasis gene, NEDD9, of p130CAS family of adaptor proteins. To address in vivo roles of NEDD9, we have generated tet-inducible NEDD9 mouse model and are assessing the phenotypic and molecular consequences of its activation and inactivation. In addition, we are seeking to identify novel melanoma oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes by whole genome analyses and to validate their functional and clinical importance in melanoma pathogenesis.