Hee Jeong Im
Hee-Jeong Im Sampen, PhD received a Masters degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and completed her PhD degree at Commonwealth, Australia through the support of Overseas Postgraduate Research Full Scholarship (OPRS). She specialized in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences and started a faculty position after post-doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Currently, she is a PI funded by NIAMS and industry within a multidisciplinary cartilage and orthopedic pain research group at Rush where she mentors numerous trainees consisting of residents, graduate students, medical students, as well as college and high school students. She is also the PI of NIH/NIAMS minority student training grant that encourages the scientific interest and educational future of minority high school students. Dr. Sampen’s research focuses on multiple areas of the musculoskeletal-associated human disease, such as osteoarthritis in knee, ankle joints, intervertebral disc degeneration and regeneration using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo systems. She is currently an Associate Professor, primarily in the Department of Biochemistry with multiple adjunct appointments including the Departments of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology) and Orthopedic Surgery. She also has been appointed as an adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has served on multiple NIH study sections and special review panels administered by NIAMS, Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as reviewed many international research proposals, including ARC (UK). She serves the Editorial Boards of Molecular Biology Reports, Rheumatology Research and Reviews, the World Journal of Biological Chemistry (WJBC) and ISRN Rheumatology. She frequently reviews for the Arthritis & Rheumatology, Arthritis Research & Therapy, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage and GENE.
Biography Updated on 21 November 2010