Junhyong Kim Named Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Biology

Junhyong Kim has been appointed the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Biology. He is also secondary professor of computer and information science, the co-director of Penn Program in Single Cell Biology, and former co-director of Penn Genomics Institute and former chair of the Department of Biology. Kim is an expert in genomics, single cell biology, mathematical and computational biology, and evolutionary genetics. His current research interests include using single cell technologies to generate a cell atlas of the human female reproductive system, single cell analysis for kidney regenerative medicine, development of novel genomic technologies, and data analysis algorithms.

Kim is one of the pioneers of the field of single cell biology as well as of algebraic statistics for biological data analysis. He is the recipient of the Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award, Yale Junior and Senior Faculty Award, J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship, and Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar Award. Kim’s other honors include Visiting Fellow of the Newton Institute at Cambridge; Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford; and Visiting Fellow at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifique.

The late Christopher H. Browne, C’69, served as the former chair of the Board of Advisors at Penn Arts & Sciences and as a Trustee of the University. The Browne Distinguished Professorships recognize faculty members who have achieved an extraordinary reputation for scholarly contributions, demonstrated great distinction in teaching, and demonstrated intellectual integrity and unquestioned commitment to free and open discussion of ideas.

Photo: Dr. Junhyong Kim