Minsu Kim receives HFSP Young Investigator Award

Professor Minsu KimMinsu Kim, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Emory University, has been selected by the International Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Organization as a 2015 HFSP young investigator. HFSP emphasizes innovative and cutting-edge research. Awardees receive annually $250,000 over three years and are encouraged to focus on ‘high risk and high return’ research. 31 research teams were awarded from a total of 1013 applications, through a rigorous year-long selection procedure in a worldwide competition.

Kim’s research focuses on a variety of different topics at the intersection of physics, microbiology and medicine. With financial support from HFSP, he will investigate fratricide in bacteria. As an act of killing the members of their own species, fratricide is committed by various species of bacteria, e.g., Streptococcus pneumonia, a significant human pathogen. Combining advanced microscopy and quantitative modeling, Kim will investigate how fratricide is regulated at the single-cell level and how it emerged as a product of evolution. Kim expects that new scientific knowledge obtained can be applied to manipulate fratricide of bacteria inside hosts and control bacterial infections.

Kim received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. After postdoctoral training at the University of California at San Diego, he joined the faculty of Emory University in 2013.