Solve challenging problems with global impacts

Do good for a better world



Background


I am a passionate problem solver with broad interests spanning both humanities and technology. Outside of work, I like to read, cycle, meditate, swim, examine life (of mine and of others), follow what I can on various topics (investing, politics, economics, law, etc.), and enjoy music. I enjoy working with people to solve difficult problems and learning about how different organizations, in particular businesses, grow and operate.

Currently, I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With my advisor Steve Flavell, I investigate the neural circuits behind behavior in C. elegans using cutting-edge optical and genetic tools.

Before grad school, I spent a year doing biomedical optics research at the Rowland Institute at Harvard. In Drew Robson and Jennifer Li’s group (RoLi lab), I contributed to the high speed tracking microscope, which can image the whole-brain activity, at cellular resolution, of a freely swimming larval zebrafish. Prior to that, I was at Cornell, where I learned how to survive long winter and solve difficult problems—primarily in biological contexts (Biological Engineering).



"Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius."


—Peter Thiel



Education


B.S. in Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, Cornell University

Ph.D. candidate, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Published Research


Kim D, Kim J, Marques J, Grama A, Hildebrand DGC, Gu W, Li JM, Robson, DN. Pan-neuronal calcium imaging with cellular resolution in freely swimming zebrafish. Nature Methods 2017 doi:10.1038/nmeth.4429.

Contact


[my first name]@mit.edu