Kyoungtae Kim is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, USA. Kim teaches a general biology course for students who are not majoring in biology. Kim also teaches cell biology course for BIO major students. Kim received B.A. and M.A. degrees in biology in Republic of Korea and got Ph.D. degree in cell biology from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA. Kim worked as a Teaching Assistant in cell motility lab, signal transduction labs, and cell biology lab when he was at Florida State University. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, he had started his research on structure and function analysis of actin-capping protein at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA. He was also interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of receptor-mediated endocytosis and has investigated the potential role of the actin- capping protein in the endocytic pathway. Kim's current research interests lie in understanding the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis and endocytic and recycling traffics. It is known that the molecular requirements that drive endocytosis and its subsequent traffics in the budding yeast are identical to those required for the protrusion of motile, metastatic cancer cells. Therefore, functional characterization of the above-mentioned molecular requirements in yeast might help shed light on the mechanism responsible for cancer cell motility and may provide alternative drug targets. An interesting new membrane-associated protein complex called the eisosome is thought to be a membrane raft-associating structure. This complex has attracted the attention of scientists, including Kim. Therefore, he is very much interested in identifying its new components and investigating their targeting mechanisms.
Biography Updated on 18 September 2012