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Pharmaceutical Sciences Dept.
Lee T. Todd, Jr. Bldg, Room 327
(859) 257-5301

Dr. Kim’s research lies at the interface between chemistry and biology. Specifically, the Kim lab focuses on the development and biological/pharmacological characterization of small molecule inhibitors targeting the proteasome-ubiquitin pathway.

Current research focuses on the development of immunoproteasome inhibitors that can be used as lead compounds in drug development process as well as molecule probes to investigate the function of the immunoproteasome.



  • Alzheimer's Disese
  • Dementias
  • Cancer / Blood Cancer


Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • PhD Ohio State University, The
  • MS Pohang University of Science & Technology
  • BS Yonsei University

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.