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Seung K. Kim M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Developmental Biology and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests We study the development of pancreatic islet cells using molecular, embryologic and genetic methods in several model systems, including mice, pigs, human pancreas, embryonic stem cells, and Drosophila. Our work suggests that critical factors required for islet development are also needed to maintain essential functions of the mature islet. These approaches have informed efforts to generate replacement islets from renewable sources for diabetes.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Bio Nicole completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Francis Lynn in 2018. Her PhD research focused on pancreas development and endocrine cell genesis using mouse embryos and human embryonic stem cell differentiation as models. In 2018, Nicole joined Anna Gloyn?s group at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. For her post-doctoral studies, Nicole is investigating the role of diabetes associated genes in pancreas development using genome-editing in human induced pluripotent stem cell models. In 2020, Nicole relocated to Stanford University where she will continue her post-doctoral research on the translation of genetic association signals for type 2 diabetes.