Curriculum Vitae

John Dongun Kim

Contact Information

Nokia Bell Labs, Augmented Human Devices Group

600 Mountain Avenue, Room 1D-470

Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA


Phone: +1-908-830-0381

Jabber: 8051724

Educational Background

2013 PhD Chemistry, Rutgers University, USA (with Paul G. Falkowski)

2009 BA Chemistry (minor Mathematics) with honors, Rutgers University, USA

Professional Background

2018~ Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs

2016~2018 Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers University, USA

2013~2016 Military service (research), KAIST, South Korea

2010~2013 Graduate Research Assistant, Rutgers University, USA

2009~2010 NSF IGERT Fellow, Rutgers University, USA

Honors & Awards

2015 POSCO TJ Park (Cheong-Am) Science Fellowship

2014 Best presentation award, 13th Protein Folding Winter School, Korea Institute for Advanced Study

2010 Excellent first-year student award, Rutgers University

2009 NSF IGERT fellowship (Nanotechnology for Clean Energy)

2009 ARESTY undergraduate research symposium best poster in physical science

2008 The Croda award for outstanding junior in organic chemistry lab

2008 NSF ISURF − Summer research fellowship program for undergraduates

2006 Mathematics prize exam winner, Rutgers University

2006 Academic excellence award, Rutgers University

2004 National (South Korea) merit scholarship (declined)

2002 Gifted asset for the 21st Century, Information technology category, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education

2002 National computer & science creativity contest bronze prize, KAIST GIFTED & Ministry of Science and Technology


    1. Kim JD*, Pike DH*, Tyryshkin AM, Swapna GVT, Raanan H, Montelione GT, Nanda V, Falkowski PG, Minimal heterochiral de novo designed 4Fe-4S binding peptide capable of robust electron transfer, JACS, 140 (36), 11210-11213 (2018) *Equal contribution. Covered by [Forbes] [EurekAlert]
    2. Jiang W, Pan H, Zhang Z, Qiu RS, Kim JD, Xu X, Tang R, Switchable Chiral Selection of Aspartic Acids by Dynamic States of Brushite: Chirality from Dynamics, JACS, 139 (25), 8562–8569 (2017)
    3. Kwak MJ*, Kim JD*, Kim HM, Kim CH, Bowman JW, Joo KY, Lee JY, Jin KS, Kim YG, Lee NK, Jung JU, Oh BH, Architecture of the Type IV coupling protein complex of Legionella pneumophila, Nature Microbiology, 2, 17114 (2017) *Equal contribution
    4. Lee KB, Solanki A, Kim JD, Jung JJ, Nanomedicine: dynamic integration of nanotechnology with biomedical science. Handbook of Clinical Nanomedicine: Nanoparticles, Imaging, Therapy and Clinical Applications, Pan Stanford Publishing (2015)
    5. Kim JD, Senn S, Harel A, Jelen BI, Falkowski PG, Discovering the electronic circuit diagram of life: Structural relationships among transition metal binding sites in oxidoreductases, Phil Trans R Soc B, 368, 1622, 20120257 (2013)
    6. Mass T, Drake JL, Haramaty L, Kim JD, Zelzion E, Bhattacharya D, Falkowski PG, Cloning and characterization of four novel coral acid-rich proteins that precipitate carbonates in vitro, Current Biology, 23, 12, 1126-1131 (2013)
    7. Kim JD, Yee N, Nanda V, Falkowski PG, Anoxic photochemical oxidation of siderite generates molecular hydrogen and iron oxides, PNAS, 110, 25, 10073-10077 (2013) *Editor's Choice, Science, 340, 6140, 1501 (2013)
    8. Kim JD, Rodriguez-Granillo A, Case DA, Nanda V, Falkowski PG, Energetic selection of topology in ferredoxins, PLoS Comp Biol, 8(4) (2012)
    9. Kim JD, Some summer suggestions, Hot skies over a cold landscape, Science, 333, 41 (2011)
    10. Gorbunov MY, Kuzminov FI, Fadeev VV, Kim JD, Falkowski PG, A kinetic model of non-photochemical quenching in cyanobacteria, BBA Bioenergetics, 1807, 12, 1591–1599 (2011)
    11. Solanki A., Kim JD, Lee KB, Nanotechnology for regenerative medicine: nanomaterials for stem cell imaging, Nanomedicine, 3, 567-578 (2008)
    12. Lee KB, Solanki A, Kim JD, Jung JJ, Nanomedicine: dynamic integration of nanotechnology with biomedical science, World Scientific (2008)


  1. Engineering proteins for drug discovery and artificial enzymes, Nokia Bell Laboratory, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, Feb 2018 (Talk)
  2. Energetic selection of topology in ferredoxins, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea, Oct 2013 (Talk)
  3. Evolution of biological redox reactions, Institute for Basic Science (IBS)-Center for RNA research, Seoul, South Korea, Feb 2013 (Talk)
  4. Evolution of protein folds based on secondary structure composition, 3DSIG: Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics, Long Beach, CA, USA, July 2012 (Poster)
  5. Chemist’s perspective on coevolution of life and geochemical cycles on our planet, Korea Polar Research Institute, Incheon, South Korea, May 2012 (Invited Talk)
  6. Energetic selection of topology and chirality in feredoxins, New York Academy of Science: 5th Annual Advances in Biomolecular Engineering Symposium, New York, NY, USA, Apr 2012 (Poster)
  7. Evolution of protein folds based on secondary structure composition, Gordon Research Conference: Protons & Membrane Reactions, Ventura, CA, USA, Feb 2012 (Poster)
  8. The origin of topological chirality in iron-sulfur proteins, Carnegie Institution of Washington Geophysical Laboratory, Washington DC, USA, Apr 2011 (Talk)
  9. The origin of topological chirality in iron-sulfur proteins, Gordon Research Conference: Metals in Biology, Ventura, CA, USA, Jan 2011 (Poster)

Teaching Experience

Chemistry 171 – Intro to Experiment (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

Chemistry 251 – Analytical Chemistry (Fall 2010)

Chemistry 329 – Experimental Physical Chemistry (Spring 2011)