Keekyoung Kim

Keekyoung Kim

Assistant Professor

School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)

Research focus:

Keekyoung Kim’s research areas are within the broad range of biomedical and biomechanical engineering. His research aims to develop high-throughput and cost effective methods and systems that will optimize 3D cell microenvironments for the regeneration of human body tissues and the development of microscale platforms mimicking human physiological systems for drug tests. Since human tissues and physiological systems are complex, Keekyoung’s research uses various techniques in biomaterials, tissue engineering and microfluidics and develops integrated platforms, such as 3D bioprinting systems, high-throughput cell-based screening systems and tissue-on-a-chips, to mimic complex biological systems. The long term goal of this research is to provide researchers with high-throughput and cost effective tools to discover new therapeutic methods and drugs for overcoming human diseases such as cardiovascular disease, bone and cartilage diseases and cancer.

Prior to UBC:

Prior to coming to UBC, Keekyoung completed his PhD at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral training at Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and Penn State University. He also received his MASc degree from the University of Calgary.


Keekyoung's research work has been published in the Journals of Biotechnology Advances, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Biofabrication, ACS Nano and Biomaterials. While at the University of Toronto he received a prestigious NSERC PGS D and worked at Harvard with a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Personal interests:

In his free time Keekyoung enjoys singing Korean songs, watching movies and in the summer, fishing.

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