Yong Kim, Ph.D.
(310) 825-7210
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  73-022 CHS


Yong Kim, Ph.D. is an Professor-in-Residence in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is also a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Institute.

Educational & Professional Background

  • B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Rep of Korea, 1985
  • M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, 1992
  • M.S. Biochemistry, University of Rochester, 1993
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Rochester,1998

Research & Interests

  • Study on the cellular and molecular function of cell cycle regulator in embryonic stem cell differentiation and embryo development.

  • Molecular determinants in the effects of teratogen in human stem cells.

  • Epigenetic regulation in embryonic stem cell differentiation and cancer development.

  • Role of CDK2AP1 in cell cycle regulation and the significance of its differential expression in cellular transformation in relation to checkpoint regulation and apoptosis.

  • Translational application of cell cycle regulatory mechanism for head and neck/oral cancer treatment.

  • Liquid biopsy for cancer detection using cancer-associated oncogenic mutations

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Cancer Research: Associate member since 1998.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: member since 2000.

  • International Association for Dental Research: member since 2002.

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research: member since 2011.

  • Research Society on Alcoholism: member since 2018.


  • California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Basic Biology Award



Representative Publications

  1. Li, F., Yoshizawa, J.M., Kim, K.-M., Kanjanapangka, J., Grogan, T.R., Wang, X., Elashoff, D., Ishikawa, S., Chia, D., Akin, D., Yan, X., Lee, M.-S., Kang. S.-Y., Bae, J.-M., Sohn, T.-S., Lee, J.-H., Choi, M.-G., Min, B.-H., Lee, J.-H., Kim, J.-J., Kim, Y., Kim, S., Wong, D.T.W. (Co-corresponding author). Discovery and Validation of Salivary Extracellular RNA (exRNA) Biomarkers and Panel for Noninvasive Detection of Gastric Cancer. (2018). Clin. Chem. 64(10):1513-1521.

  2. Kaczor-Urbanowicz, K.E., Kim, Y., Li, F., Galeev, T., Kitchen, R.R., Koyano, K., Jeong, S.-H., Wang, X., Elashoff, D., Kang, S.Y., Kim, S.M., Kim, K., Kim, S., Chia, D., Xiao, X., Rozowsky, J., and Wong, D. Novel approaches for bioinformatic analysis of salivary RNA Sequencing data in the biomarker development process. (2017). Bioinformatics 1-8.

  3. Kim, Y.Y., Roubal, I., Lee, Y.S., Kim, J.S., Hoang, M., Mathiyakom, N., and Kim, Y. Alcohol-induced molecular dysregulation in human embryonic stem cell-derived neural precursor cells. (2016). PLoS ONE 11(9):e0163812.

  4. Hoang,M., Kim, J.J., Kim, Y.Y., Tong,E., Trammell,B., Liu, Y., Shi, S., Yang, J., Hong, C., Wang, C.-Y., and Kim, Y. Alcohol-induced suppression of KDM6B dysregulates the mineralization potential in dental pulp stem cells. (2016). Stem Cell Research 17:111-121.

  5. Liu, Y., Kou, X., Chen, C., Yu, J., Su, Y., Kim, Y., Shi, S., and Liu, Y. Chronic High Dose Alcohol Induces Osteopenia via Activation of mTOR Signaling in Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells. (2016). Stem Cells 34(6):2157-68.

Dr. Yong Kim's Google Scholar link

Dr. Yong Kim's Research Gate link

Additional Information

Courses taught
  • OB260 Oral Biology Seminar

  • OB201C Advanced Oral Pathobiology

  • OB275 Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • OSD211 Systems 5

  • OSD201 Block 2