We have been investigating the biological and physical phenomena of biological molecules and microorganisms to develop new types of bionanotechnology. At the microscale, we are utilizing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells such as flagellated bacteria and Tetrahymena pyriformis to autonomously actuate microsystems for various engineering works, microassembling and micromanipulation. At the nanoscale, our study is focused on the characterization of biological macromolecules at single molecule level and the configuration and detection of pathogenic single cells at high resolution
MinJun Kim, PhD, is presently an associate professor at Drexel University with a joint appointment in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health System. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea and Texas A&M University, respectively. Kim completed his PhD degree in Engineering at Brown University, where he held the prestigious Simon Ostrach Fellowship. Following his graduate studies, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rowland Institute in Harvard University. For the past several years, he has been investigating the biological and physical phenomena in the small world including cellular/biomolecular mechanics and engineering in novel nano/microscale architectures to produce new types of nanobiotechology, such as nanopore technology and nano/micro-robotics. His notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), Louis and Bessie Stein Fellowship (2008), Drexel Career Development Award (2008), Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2010), and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011).