Joonhoon Kim

Director of Fungal Biotechnology

Research Focus
Joonhoon Kim is a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and serves as the Director of Fungal Biotechnology at JBEI. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from POSTECH in South Korea and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include computational and systems biology approaches and their application to metabolic engineering of microorganisms. At JBEI, he has been working on development of recombinant fungal protein expression systems to produce lignocellulose deconstruction enzymes, and reconstruction of metabolic pathways in fungi to understand the utilization of carbon sources derived from lignocellulosic biomass.


  • Develop and extend genome-scale metabolic models for fungi
  • Identify catabolic pathways and transporters for lignin-derived intermediates using multi-omics approaches and metabolic modeling
  • Engineer fungal hosts for conversion of depolymerized lignin and polysaccharides to bioproduct and biofuel precursors

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