Dr. Hee-Yong Kim received BS and MS degrees from Seoul National University and PhD from University of Huston in Chemistry under Dr. Marvin Vestal, a renowned developer of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. She joined the National Institutes of Health, was tenured in 1991 and became a Section Chief. In 2006 she was promoted to a Laboratory Chief, the position she currently holds at NIAAA, NIH. She is also an adjunct professor of Pediatrics, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Kim has been leading a multidisciplinary research team as a Senior Investigator to unveil the role of lipid metabolism in neurodevelopment and neuroprotection. Dr. Kim’s laboratory discovered molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects of an omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and its metabolites, and established their in vivo significance using rodent neurodevelopmental or brain injury models. She has served on the Board of Directors in the professional societies such as American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). In addition, she is the current President of Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWiSE).