Ki Hean Kim, PhD

Dr. Kim has been in the field of biomedical optics since 1997, when he went to graduate school at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Peter T. C. So. During his graduate study, he developed high-performance two-photon microscopes such as a high-speed two-photon microscope based on polygonal mirror scanner, multi-color two-photon microscope, multifocal multiphoton microscope based on multianode PMTs etc.  He was fascinated by the fact that his engineering skills could help biologists to see and study what they could not do before. 

After completion of his PhD, he moved to Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, which is one of largest biomedical optics research centers. He worked there as a research fellow for Dr. Johannes F. de Boer who is a leading expert in the field of optical coherence tomography.  At MGH, he developed various OCT systems and probes, and did various preclinical and clinical studies such as mouse retinal imaging, human vocal fold imaging, and human burn imaging. During his  3 year stay, he had pretty good experience of medical study 
by imaging patients in the operating room and patient room. He got to know what is required to apply new imaging techniques to patient imaging. 

He moved to back to Korea in early 2009 and have been working at POSTECH, Pohang, Korea since then.  
He thinks that in vivo imaging is still a growing field, and that there are lots of engineering challenges and demands to understand complex biological systems and to solve medical challenges.

Mailing address
Mechanical Laboratory Building Rm 212
San 31, Hyoja-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang
Gyeongbuk, 790-784
South Korea

Phone : 82-54-279-2190
Email : kiheankim at postech.edu

Education & Employment

1994,     BS,  Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1996,     MS,  Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1996,     Research Engineer, Daewoo Electronics, Seoul, Korrea

2005,     PhD under supervision of Prof. Peter T. C. So, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA

2005-2008,    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

2009-2014,Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Korea

2015-present,Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Korea

Research interest

Biomedical Optics, Instrumentation, Two-photon Microscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography, Miniaturized Scanning Catheter

Recent  publications

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