Jun Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Merle Lawrence Collegiate Professor of Otolaryngology Research
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor, Department of Cellular & Developmental Biology
Co-Director, HBCS Training Grant


Dr. Kim's research program is focused on exploring the regulatory mechanisms that govern presynaptic excitability and synaptic transmission within the central nervous system (CNS) under both physiological and pathological conditions. In addition, we have investigated how neurons dynamically communicate with glia in the brain. By employing advanced electrophysiological and imaging techniques, the program seeks to uncover the neurophysiological underpinnings of central auditory dysfunctions. The long-term objective of Dr. Kim's research is to enhance preventive and therapeutic strategies for auditory disorders that arise from various neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder) or neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease. By gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms, the research aims to improve the quality of life for countless individuals affected by these debilitating conditions.


  • M.S., Medicine, Physiology, Sungkyunkwan University Medical School, South Korea, 2001
  • Ph.D., Physiology, Sungkyunkwan University Medical School, South Korea, 2004
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health Science Center, 2010

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