Work History

Work History
Jul 2015 - Present

Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator

University of Ottawa

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

Understanding social behavior using simple genetic model systems and its application into reverse engineering.

-How do Drosophila melanogaster change their behavior dependent on social-context?

-Can we understand the underlying comprehensive neural circuitry and genetic components of these social behaviors using Drosophila melanogaster?

-Can we formulate and reverse engineer a eusocial behavior using this knowledge?

-Can we develop efficient pesticide using neuropeptide receptors that are responsible for such behaviors?

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

Independent Contractor

University of Ottawa

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

Understanding social behavior using simple genetic model systems and its application into reverse engineering.

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

Associate Specialist

UCSF

Jan lab, UCSF, CA

Aug 2008 - Aug 2014

Postdoctoral fellow

UCSF

Advisor: Yuh Nung Jan & Lily Yeh Jan Study the social-context dependent sexual behavior of male Drosophila melanogaster.

  • Found and established newly identified male’s behavior called Longer-Mating-Duration (LMD). Males invest more time on their mating duration when previously exposed to rivals.
  • Neural circuit mapping of LMD behavior using neuropeptides and receptors.
  • Found and established newly identified male’s behavior called Shorter-Mating-Duration (SMD). Males invest less time on their mating duration when they have been sexually experienced.
  • Neural circuit mapping of SMD behavior using neuropeptides and receptors.
  • Setting up genetic tools to dissect minimal neural circuitry required for LMD and SMD.
Jul 2007 - Jul 2008

Postdoctoral fellow

POSTECH

Molecular Virology lab, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea

 Study the relationship between inflammation and translation in model organisms.

-Extended doctoral thesis projects into vertebrate and invertebrate model systems including zebra fish, frog, mice and fruit fly.

Mar 2013 - Present

Columist

Hangyoreh

I started writing column once in every month in Hangyoreh newspaper about Korea. 

Dec 2009 - Present

Scientific writer

The Hangyoreh Newspaper

In 2010, Korean progressive newspaper Hangyoreh started online science magazine named ScienceOn Hani. I and science reporter Oh Cheol Woo recruited many scientists and writers into this magazine and successfully managed ScienceOn. Now, ScienceOn has more than 50 writers and publishing many highlighted articles including my essay on the "Creative Scientists proved Evolution" in 2012 when some of Korean creative science members tried to inhibit teaching Evolution in high school. You can read my articles clicking the link below. 

Apr 2010 - Present

Science columnist

Sae Sa Yon

Sae Sa Yon is progressive economic think-tank of Korea which was organized by citizens. They seek to organize ordinary people's community that can help everyone in Korea and give them hope. For this reason they recruited many researchers and volunteers who can support the research about Korean economic state. I joined Sae Sa Yon in 2010, an keep writing any issues related with Science in Korean society. 

Jan 2009 - Present

Guest science book examiner

APCTP

The Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) is an international research center that seeks to pursue the highest quality of research, train young scientist in all areas of theoretical physics, and promote international cooperation among scientist from its member countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. APCTP is publishing webzine "The Crossroads" in every two weeks. After I wrote one column "The boundaries of consilience", I became the guest science book examiner. I examine science books published in Korean each year and suggest which book was good for readers.

Oct 2014 - Present

Expert

KOSEN

KOSEN, Expert of Behavioral Genetics, Consulting national projects and scientific agenda

Education

Education
Mar 2002 - Jun 2007

Ph.D. Molecular Virology

POSTECH

Division of Molecular and Life Sciences

Research Advisor: Dr. Sung Key Jang

Thesis Title: “Studies on the relationship between inflammatory response and translational control”

Mar 2000 - Feb 2002

M.S. Molecular Virology 

POSTECH

Division of Molecular and Life Sciences

Research Advisor: Dr. Sung Key Jang

Thesis Title: “Studies on the interaction between eIF4GI and TRAF2”

Mar 1993 - Feb 2000

B.S. Biology

Yonsei University

Department of Biological Sciences

Academic Advisor: Dr. Junho Lee

Publications

Kim, W. J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). A PDF/NPF neuropeptide signaling circuitry of male Drosophila melanogaster controls rival-induced prolonged mating. Neuron, 80(5), 1190-1205.

Kim, W. J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2012). Contribution of visual and circadian neural circuits to memory for prolonged mating induced by rivals. Nature neuroscience. 15(6), 876-83.

Kim, J. E., Ryu, I., Kim, W. J., Song, O. K., Ryu, J., Kwon, M. Y., . . . Jang, S. K. (2008). Proline rich transcript in brain protein induces stress granule formation. Mol Cell Biol, 28(2), 803-813.

Kim, W. J., Kim, J. H., & Jang, S. K. (2007). Anti-inflammatory lipid mediator 15d-PGJ2 inhibits translation through inactivation of eIF4A. EMBO J, 26(24), 5020-5032.

Kim, W. J., Back, S. H., Kim, V., Ryu, I., & Jang, S. K. (2005). Sequestration of TRAF2 into stress granules interrupts tumor necrosis factor signaling under stress conditions. Mol Cell Biol, 25(6), 2450-2462.

Back, S. H., Kim, Y. K., Kim, W. J., Cho, S., Oh, H. R., Kim, J. E., & Jang, S. K. (2002). Translation of polioviral mRNA is inhibited by cleavage of polypyrimidine tract-binding proteins executed by polioviral 3C(pro). J Virol, 76(5), 2529-2542.

Honors & awards

  • POSTECH Excellent Paper Awards (2008), POSTECH
  • KSBMB Annual Meeting Poster Awards (2007), 64th KSBMB Annual Meeting in 2007 and 19th FAOBMB Seoul Conference
  • Excellent Poster Awards (2002), POSTECH and Ehwa Women’s University Joint Annual Meeting

Patents

  • “Anti-inflammatory lipid mediator 15d-PGJ2 inhibits translation through inactivation of eIF4A”, Kim WJ and Jag SK, US, LPP20070668US, PCT. (2007)

Funding Sources/Grants Awarded

  • Genetic Dissection of Dendrite Development, NIH/NINDS, NS040929, 2009-2015
  • Molecular mechanisms of dendrite development in mammalian CNS, NIH, MH084234, 2008
  • Basic Science Research Program, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Ministry of Education, Korea, 2007-2008
  • Small Group Colloquium grant, Evolution and Physiology studying group, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), 2005-2006
  • Brain-Korea 21 projects grant for graduate student, Ministry of Education, Korea, 2000-2007

Professional Associations

  • CanFly (The Biennial Canadian Drosophila Research Conference)2015-present
  • Genetic Society of America, 2008-present
  • Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2000-present

Invited Talks and Seminars

Kim, W.J & Suh, M. (2015). Evolutionary Biology in Korea and the Reality of it; Evolution and Parasites. Special Lecture Series on “Stories of Science connecting Society”, SEODAEMUN Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Korea, April 23, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Hosted by Young-Joon Kim), Gwangju, Korea, April 21, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Hosted by Jae-Myung Suh), Daejeon, Korea, April 20, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J & Hwang, S.S. (2015). Manuals of Statistics for Survival; Calculated Risks. Special Lecture Series on “Stories of Science connecting Society”, SEODAEMUN Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Korea, April 16, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Origin of Behavioral Genetics (Special lecture for Undergraduate students of Biology major); Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Chungbuk National University (Hosted by Hojin Ryu), Cheongju, Korea, April 15, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Sung Kyun Kwan University (Hosted by KyeongJin Kang), Suwon, Korea, April 15, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J & Namgoong, S. (2015). Otaku and Basic Science; How does Molecular Biology explain the Life? Special Lecture Series on “Stories of Science connecting Society”, SEODAEMUN Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Korea, April 9, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Sejong University (Hosted by Moon-soo Soh), Seoul, Korea, April 8, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered as ‘1st Young Investigator’s Seminar Series’ at the Seoul National University (Hosted by V. Narry Kim), Seoul, Korea, April 8, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation to be delivered at the DGIST (Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Hosted by Chang-hun Lee), Daegu, Korea, April 7, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J & Kim, Y.J. (2015). Behavioral genetics of Seymour Benzer and Korean society; Mating behavior of fruit flies. Special Lecture Series on “Stories of Science connecting Society”, SEODAEMUN Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Korea, April 2, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2015). Previous socio-sexual experience modulates the mating investment of male Drosophila melanogaster. 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, USA, March 4-8, 2015.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2014). The neural circuitry that mediates the social influence on mating duration of Drosophila males. Janelia Conference, Neural Circuits Controlling Sexual Behavior (Organizers: Barry Dickson, Catherine Dulac, Nirao Shah), HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Washington, USA, November 9-12, 2014.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Social-exposure changes Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Young scientist session in International Conference of KSMCB 2013, Oral presentation to be delivered at the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, COEX Center in Seoul, Korea, October 9, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Hosted by Young-Joon Kim), Gwangju, Korea, October 10, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Dankook University (Hosted by Chian Kwon), Jukjeon, Korea, October 8, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the University of Seoul (Hosted by Yun Doo Chung), Seoul, Korea, October 7, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Frut fly genetics and two Biologies. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Korean Cognitive Neuroscientists’ annual Saturday meeting, Sogang University (Hosted by Ji-Won Chun), Seoul, Korea, October 4, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the KRIBB (Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Hosted by Tae-Don Kim), Daejeon, Korea, October 3, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Sejong University (Hosted by Moon-Soo Soh), Seoul, Korea, October 2, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Seoul National University (Hosted by Junho Lee), Seoul, Korea, October 1, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J. (2013). Secret Life of Fruit Flies. Oral lecture to be delivered at the Seodaemun Museum of Natural History (Hosted by Jung-Mo Lee), Seoul, Korea, September 30, 2013.

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the POSTECH (Hosted by Sung Key Jang), Pohang, Korea, September 26, 2013.

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Yonsei University (Hosted by Jin-Won Cho), Seoul, Korea, September 23, 2013

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2013). Time, Love and Memory: Social-exposure changes 

Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration. Oral presentation to be delivered at the Sung Kyun Kwan University (Hosted by KyeongJin Kang), Suwon, Korea, September 16, 2013.

 

Kim, W.J. (2013). Lunar society of Birmingham, Venus Project, and the Society of Engineers. Oral lecture to be delivered at the School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University (Hosted by Tae-Woong Yoon), Seoul, Korea, September 12, 2013.

Kim, W.J., and Jang, S.K. (2006). Anti-Inflammatory prostaglandin 15d-PGJ2 blocks inflammatory signaling through stress granules formation that is induced by translation inhibition. Oral lecture to be delivered at the POSTECH-Stanford University Joint Symposium on Cell Signaling for Young Scientists, POSTECH Biotech Center Auditorium, Pohang, Korea, October 19, 2006.

Conference Presentations (Posters) 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2011). Longer-Sex-Duration (LSD): Drosophila male’s investment on mating duration depends on visual cues from rivals, circadian neural circuits, and memory residing in ellipsoid body. Abstracts of CSHL “Neurobiology of Drosophila” 2011:154, Poster presentation to be delivered at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting “Neurobiology of Drosophila”, Cold Spring Habor, NY, October 3-7, 2011.

 

Kim, W.J., Jan, L.Y., & Jan, Y.N. (2011). Rival-induced increased mating duration of Drosophila male is dependent on the visual stimulus, circadian neural pathways, and ellipsoid body function. Abstracts of 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference 651C, Poster presentation to be delivered at 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Town & Country Resort & Conference Center, San Degio, CA, March 30-April 3, 2011.

 

Kim, W.J., Ryu, J.E., Kim, J.H., and Jang, S.K. (2007). 15-deoxy-delta 12,14-prostaglandin J2 inhibits translation through inactivation of eIF4A. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 19th 2007 Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Seoul, Korea, October 18, 2007.

 

Kim, W.J., Ryu, I., Ryu, J.E., and Jang, S.K. (2007). When inflammation met translation: Anti-inflammatory lipid mediator 15d-prostaglandin J2 inhibits translation through inactivation of a translation initiation factor eIF4A. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 64th KSBMB Annual Meeting in 2007 and 19th FAOBMB Seoul Conference, Seoul, Korea, May 27-30, 2007.

 

Kim, W.J., Park, S.M., and Jang, S.K. (2006). Anti-Inflammtory Prostaglandin 15-dPGJ2 Blocks Inflammatory Signaling Through Stress Granules Formation that is Induced By Translational Inhibition. Poster presentation to be delivered at the CSHL Meeting on Translational Control, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, September 6-10, 2006.

 

Kim, W.J., Ryu, J.E., Park, S.I., and Jang, S.K. (2006). Structure and Function of Stress Granules. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 63rd KSBMB Annual Meeting in 2006, Seoul, Korea, May 25-26, 2006.

 

Kim, W.J., and Jang, S.K. (2005). Stress Granules and Inflammatory Response. Poster presentation to be delivered at the POSTECH NCRC workshop, Pohang, Korea, August 28, 2005.

 

Kim, W.J., Back, S.H., and Jang, S.K. (2003). Translation factor eIF4G1 interacts with a signaling molecule TRAF2. Poster presentation to be delivered at the PNRC winter conference, Daechon, Korea, August 21, 2003.

 

Kim, W.J., Back, S.H., and Jang, S.K. (2002). Translation factor eIF4GI interacts with a signaling molecule TRAF2. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 42nd Annual Meeting of American Society for Cell Biology, San Francisco, Moscow Convention Center, December 14-18, 2002

Kim, W.J., Back, S.H., and Jang, S.K. (2002). Interaction of eIF4GI with TRAF2 during heat shock leads to inhibition of TNF-alpha mediated NF-kB activation. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 14th 2002 Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Seoul, Korea, October 17, 2002.

 

Kim, W.J., Back, S.H., and Jang, S.K. (2002). Interaction of eIF4GI with TRAF2 during heat shock leads to inhibition of TNF-alpha mediated NF-kB activation. Poster presentation to be delivered at the POSTECH and Ehwa Women’s University Annual Meeting, Pohang, Korea, September 16, 2002.

 

Kim, W.J., Back, S.H., and Jang, S.K. (2002). Interaction of eIF4GI with TRAF2 during heat shock leads to inhibition of TNF-alpha mediated NF-kB activation. Poster presentation to be delivered at the Protein Network Research Center Annual Meeting, Seoul, Korea, August 20, 2002.

 

Back, S.H., Kim, Y.K., Kim, W.J., and Jang, S.K. (2001). Regulation of IRES-dependent translation by proteinases

. Poster presentation to be delivered at the 13th 2001 Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Seoul, Korea, October 11, 2001.

Precept

"The scientist has in common with the artist only this: that he can find no better retreat from the world than his work and also no stronger link with his world than his work.” Delbrück, Max. “A physicist’s renewed look at biology: twenty years later.” Science 168.3937 (1970): 1312-1315.

Who Am I?

Behavioral Geneticist & Science Writer

References

Yuh Nung Jan, Ph.D.

Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

University of California, San Francisco

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rock Hall

1550 4th Street, Room RH-484A

San Francisco, CA94158

(415) 476-8752

yuhnung.jan@ucsf.edu

 

Lily Yeh Jan, Ph.D.

Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

University of California, San Francisco

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rock Hall

1550 4th Street, Room RH-484A

San Francisco, CA94158

(415) 476-8752

lily.jan@ucsf.edu

 

Sung Key Jang. Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Life Science, Division of Molecular and Life Sciences

Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea

Molecular Virology Lab,

Department of Life Science, POSTECH

San 31 Hyoja Dong, Namgu

Pohang, Kyungbuk 790-784, Korea

+82 (54) 279-2298

sungkey@postech.ac.kr

 

Junho Lee. Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Biophysics and Chemical Biology

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Biological Science, College of Natural Science

Gwanak 599, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu

Seoul, 151-747, Korea

+82 (2) 880-6701

elegans@snu.ac.kr

 

Young-Joon Kim. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, Korea

Laboratory of Molecular Neuroethology

1 Oryong-dong, Buk-gu, 500-712, Gwangju, Korea

+82 (62) 715-2492

kimyj@gist.ac.kr

Kyeongjin Kang. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea

Laboratory of Anatomy

Sungkyunkwan University of School of Medicine, Suwon 440-746, Korea

+82 (32) 299-6074

kangk@skku.edu