Prior to joining to the faculty at The Florida State University in 2007, Dr. Kim received his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. Following his B.S. degree, Dr. Kim moved his family to the United States to continue his studies in Exercise Physiology. He obtained his M.S. from the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2002. He continued his research by completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Muscle Research Laboratory, VAMC/Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Birmingham, AL. Dr. Kim spent an additional two years at UAB as a research associate in the same laboratory and has been involved with an NIH funded project examining the effects of training and detraining on older adults. He was also involved with a Department of Veteran’s Affairs project examining the causes and factors related to sarcopenia. Dr. Kim’s primary research interests focus on the study of sarcopenia (i.e., age-related atrophy of skeletal muscle) and other neuromuscular changes related to aging, exercise, and physical function. His emphasis for future research projects includes the age-related and exercise (load)-induced cellular and molecular adaptations in human skeletal muscle, and the prevention of physical disability and maintenance of independence through physical activity by designing/optimizing proper exercise interventions for healthy or “at risk” older adults.
Emphasis for Dr. Kim’s future research projects include the age-related and exercise (load)-induced cellular and molecular adaptations in human skeletal muscle, and the prevention of physical disability and maintenance of independence through physical activity along with adequate dietary supplements. Dr. Kim and his colleagues have recently demonstrated that older adults exhibit blunted cellular and molecular responses of myofiber hypertrophy to 16 weeks of a resistance training program when compared to the young. Based on these promising findings, he is currently working on a grant proposal (NIH) and conducting pilot studies to investigate whether the supplementation of essential amino acids (EAA) will reverse the age-related attenuations of load-mediated cellular and molecular responses.
Dr. Kim’s responsibilities include teaching, grant proposal submissions, conducting research projects, writing manuscripts, mentoring graduate students and honors students as a major professor, and serving as a committee member in different capacities. He is also currently serve as a faculty advisor for Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA Florida State University Chapter, 2008 - Present) and for the FSU Field Hockey Club (2010 - Present)