Seoul 2007
Seoul, Korea 2007

Jisook Kim

Office: Grote 311
Department of Chemistry
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Phone: 423-425-5101



Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Engineering and Toxicology, MIT, Boston. Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Ph.D., Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.                              M.S., Chemistry, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea.                                              B.S.,  Chemistry, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea.



Teaching Philosophy

From "How Children Succeed" by Paul Tough: The psychological traits for successful kids include an inclination to persist at a boring and often unrewarding task, the ability to delay gratification, the tendency to follow through on a plan. These traits turn out to be valuable in college, in the workplace, and in life generally.

From "Dartmouth Commencement Speech" by Conan O'Brien:  I told graduates "Don't be afraid to fail". Well, now I am here to tell you that, though you should fear failure, you should do your very best to avoid it. Nietzsche said "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." What he failed to stress is that it almost kills you. Disappointment stings, and for driven, successful people like yourselves, it is disorienting...........Your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42. One's dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, changing course. This happens in every job......The point is this : It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention........In 2000, I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that. But today I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

From "First They Came" by Martin Niemöller:  First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then, they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionists. Then, they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.

From "Media Control" by Noam Chomsky: That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.

By Anthony de Mello: Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, ......., they die in their sleep without ever waking up.

Classes Taught

CHEM 3010 & 3010L: Organic Chemistry 1 Lecture and Lab  CHEM 3020L: Organic Chemistry 2 Lab  CHEM 3820: Chemical Literature  CHEM 4510: Biochemistry  CHEM 4830: Chemistry Seminar  CHEM 467: Proteins and Nucleic Acids (Currently CHEM4530)  CHEM 4995: Departmental Thesis  CHEM 4997: Departmental Research        

Research Interests

My research area is multidisciplinary encompassing biochemistry, organic synthesis, chemical biology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and bioanalytical chemistry. The primary interests are summarized as follows:
  • Design and development of nucleic acid binding dyes.
  • Investigate the interactions of various environmental toxins with proteins and/or nucleic acids.
  • Design and development of biologically active small molecules exhibiting anticancer or antiviral activity whether organic- or inorganic-based molecules.
  • Development of inactivators for targetting bovine plasma amine oxidases.
  • Development of dye-sensitized solar cells.

Other Information:

All about SNEEZING: Nothing to sneeze at, Best way to sneeze 1, Best way to sneeze 2
Conan O'Brien's Commencement Address to Darthmouth College Graduates  
Marc Mero's Emotional Mother's Day Story
Rick Rigsby's Commencement Address
Documentary: Hapaq Lloyd, GMO, Pineapples, Inequality, Sweden's waste disposal, The most unknown, Fast fashion1, Fast fashion2  
Documentary: The psychology of conformity  
Simon Sinek: "Millenials"  
Peter Menzel: Artists' talk about food and culture  
Calm Classical Music: Handel Concerto, Chopin Concerto #2 f minor op 21, Vivaldi-Concerto, Vitali, Vivaldi-A Rain of Tears  
Calm Jazz for Studying: Chega De Saudade by Tom Jobim, The Shadow of Your Smile by Ron Carter  
KPOP: Jonny by Primary, Can't hide by Rollercoaster, Last scene by Rollercoaster, 1, 2, 3
Other Korean Songs: Without your grace, In your arms (Still) 
Science Parody Songs: Chemists know, Bad Project, Science Wars, Take Exams
Protein Data Bank  ACS  NCBI PubMed link  Protein Factory  Autumn in Korea