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" written 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.

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.

 Other Information:

 Conan O'Brien's Commencement Address to Darthmouth College Graduates
 Documentary: Hapaq Lloyd, GMO, Pineapples, Inequality, Sweden's waste disposal, The most unknown, Fast fashion1, Fast fashion2
 Simon Sinek: "Millenials"
 Peter Menzel: Artists' talk about food and culture
 Calm Classical Music: Itzhak PerlmanSeong-Jin Cho, Boris Berezovsky, Vitali
 Calm Jazz for Studying: Chega De Saudade by Tom Jobim, The Shadow of Your Smile
 KPOP: Instagram by Dean, What 2 do by DeanWay back home by Shaun
 Protein Data Bank
 NCBI PubMed link
 Protein Factory
 Autumn in Korea