Hijoo Kim

2009 Curriculum Officer (Vision)

Hijoo (Karen) Kim is currently a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior.

She was a mentor in the 2008 Innoworks camp at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been extensively involved in biomedical research for four years, investigating topics such as chemotherapeutic research, microRNA, and gene regulation via chromatin modification. She was one of a select number of high school students that received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute internship at the National Institutes of Health. As a result of laboratory work, she has co-authored several publications in cancer research journals.

At Penn, she is concurrently assisting research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Genetics Department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is an editing committee member and a Layout Manager for PennScience, an undergraduate research journal, and is also a subcommittee member for the neuroscience research journal, Axon. She is a co-chair of facilities maintenance in the House council. She has also taken a leading role in training younger students in preparation for Chemathon, a high school chemistry competition held annually at the University of Maryland.

Hijoo enjoys playing volleyball, and is co-captain of the college house intramural volleyball team. She is also actively involved in community service, with FocusFirst in helping to detect eye-related problems and disease in children in Philadelphia, and with Habitat for Humanity. She has also been involved with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra for 5 years as a violinist and violist, and has won several awards in solo competition in All-County and All-State in Maryland.


InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards