MinJun Kim

Associate Professor

Dr. Min Jun Kim

Office: Science Center 4-472
Phone: 215-895-2295
Fax: 215-895-1478


Dr. MinJun Kim    Research Website: Biological Actuation, Sensing and Transport Laboratory


Microbiorobotics, Single Molecule Analysis, Biomaterials, Low Reynolds Number Fluid Mechanics, Systems Design and Fabrication

Research Interests

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


Dr. MinJun Kim is presently an associate professor at Drexel University with a joint appointment in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health System. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea and Texas A&M University, respectively. Dr. Kim completed his Ph.D. degree in Engineering at Brown University, where he held the prestigious Simon Ostrach Fellowship. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Kim was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rowland Institute in Harvard University. For the past several years, Dr. Kim 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. Dr. Kim’s notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), Louis & 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).

Professional Societies

American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
American Physical Society,
BioPhysical Society,
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
International Society for Biofabrication,
International Society of Bionic Engineering,
Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association



 Min Jun Kim, A. Agung Julius, Edward Steager, "Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems," Elsevier, 2012. [PDF]

Min Jun Kim, "Bacterial Microfluidics - Autonomous Bacterial Actuators in Miniaturized Systems," VDM Verlag, 2008

Referred Journal Papers

 K.J. Freedman, S. R. Haq, J.B. Edel, P. Jemth, Min Jun Kim, "Controlled unfolding and stretching of a protein domain inside a solid-state nanopore," submitted, 2012.

Q.V. Nguyen, V.T. Truong, H.C. Park, D.Y. Byun, Min Jun Kim, "Flapping-wing motion analysis of a beetle under brain stimulation," submitted, 2012.

K. Phuyal, Min Jun Kim, "Mechanics of swimming of multi-body bacterial swarmers using non-labeled cell tracking algorithm," submitted, 2012.

 O. Yan, D.H. Kim, P.S.S. Kim, Min Jun Kim, A.A. Julius, "Motion control of magnetized Tetrahymena pyriformis cells by magnetic field with model predictive control (MPC)," submitted, 2012.

 W. Jo, K.J. Freedman, Min Jun Kim, "Metallization of biologically inspired silica nanotubes," submitted, 2012.

 K.J. Freedman, A. Bastian, I. Chaiken, Min Jun Kim, "Solid-state nanopore detection of antibody-antigen complexes: a HIV model study," submitted, 2012.

T.V. Truong, T.Q. Le, H.C. Park, D.Y. Byun, Min Jun Kim, "Non-jumping take-off mechanism in beetle flight (rhynoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus)," submitted, 2012.

T.V. Truong, D. Byun, L.C. Lavine, D.J. Emlen, H.C. Park, Min Jun Kim, "Flight behavior of the rhinoceros beetle Trypoxylus dichotomus during electrical nerve stimulations," Bioinspir. Biomim., Vol. 7, 036201, 2012. [PDF]

R. Maniyen, Y.K. Suh, S. Kang, Min Jun Kim, "Numerical study on the propulsion of a bacterial flagellum in a viscous fluid using an immersed boundary method," Computers & Fluids, Vol. 62, p13-24, 2012. [PDF]

D.H. Kim, P.S. Kim, A.A. Julius, Min Jun Kim, "Three-dimensional control of Tetrahymena pyriformis using artificial magnetotaxis," Appl. Phys. Lett., Vol. 100, 053702, 2012. [PDF]

T.V. Truong, T.Q. Le, D. Byun, H.C. Park, Min Jun Kim, "Flexible wing kinematics of a free flying beetle (rhynoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus)," J. Bionic Eng., Vol. 9, p177-184, 2012. [PDF]

W. Jo, J.-H. Lee, Min Jun Kim, "Temperature measurement in a single patterned gold nanorod cluster using laser-induced fluorescence," J. Nanoparticle Res., Vol. 14, p699-709, 2012. [PDF]

T.Z. Jubery, A.S. Prabhu, Min Jun Kim, P. Dutta, "Modeling and simulation of biological particle separation in a solid-state nanopore," Electrophoresis, Vol. 33, p325-333, 2012. [PDF]

W. Jo, K.J. Freedman, D.K. Yi, Min Jun Kim, "Fabrication of tunable silica-mineralized nanotubes using flagella as bio-templates," Nanotechnology, Vol. 23, 055601, 2012. [PDF]

« Back to Faculty Directory