Yong Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor-in-Residence
(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 Associate Professor-in-Residence in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

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

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


CIRM Basic Biology Award II (PI) 08/01/2010-011/30/2013, Novel mechanism in self-renewal/differentiation of human embryonic stem cells

Representative Publications

  • Kim, J.J., Khalid, O., Vo, S., Sun, H.-H., Wong, D.T., and Kim, Y. A Novel Regulatory Factor
    Recruits the Nucleosome Remodeling Complex to Wingless Integrated (WNT) Signaling Gene
    Promoters in Mouse Embryonic Stem cells (2012). J Biol Chem, 287(49): 41103-41117
  • Deshpande, A.M., Khalid, O., Kim, J.J., Kim, Y., Lindgren, A., Clark, A.T., and Wong, D.T.
    Cdk2ap2 is a Novel Regulator for Self-Renewal of Murine Embryonic Stem Cells (2012). Stem
    Cells and Development 21:3010-3018
  • Wong, D.T., Kim, J.J., Khalid, O., Sun, H.H., and Kim, Y. Double Edge: CDK2AP1 in Cellcycle
    Regulation and Epigenetic Regulation (2012). J. Dent. Res. 91(3):235-241
  • Pae, E.-K., Yoon, A.J., Ahuja, B., Lau, G.W., Nguyen, D.D., Kim, Y., Harper, R.M. Perinatal
    Intermittent Hypoxia Alters γ-Aminobutyric Acid-A Receptor Levels in Rat Cerebellum
    (2011). Int. J. Devl. Neuroscience 29:819-826.
  • Moon, J.H., Mendez, E., Kim, Y., and Kaur, A. Conjugated polymer nanoparticles for small
    interfering RNA delivery (2011). Chem Commun 47(29):8370-2