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Philip Kim: Structural Meets Systems Biology

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Recommended by: Mark Gerstein, Yale University

For Philip Kim, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, the interface of structural and systems biology is the ideal place for his lab to make an impact on the fields of genetic variation and protein interactions.

"We are working both on methodological questions — how to dissect signaling pathways — as well as more translational projects, such as developing inhibitors with potential anti-cancer efficacy," Kim says.

Publication of note

It was a 2006 Science report he and his colleagues published while he was a postdoc in Mark Gerstein's' lab at Yale that Kim says led his research in its current direction. "This was an early example of connecting two still very separate fields — structural and systems biology," he says of the paper. "Mainly, it showed that adopting the structural perspective is useful for protein-network studies and can distinguish proteins with different network properties."

While Kim credits his many advisors and mentors as influential to his career, he chalks his passion for research up to family. "It may sound a bit cliché, but still the greatest influence on me has come from my father, who was a scientist as well," he says.

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