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So Young Kim

Associate Research Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
0050 CARL, Box 3053, Durham, NC 27710
213 Research Drive, 0050 CARL BX3053, Durham, NC 27710


I serve as Director of the Duke Functional Genomics Core Facility, where our central mission is to provide resources for high-throughput analysis of gene function and small molecule screens for drug discovery. Our core works with Duke investigators to provide the expertise, infrastructure and libraries necessary for these screens and can collaborate on all stages of the screening project, including study design, assay optimization and data analysis. The facility also provides services for custom cell line engineering using techniques including CRISPR knockouts/knockins, RNAi gene suppression and ORF expression. Our lab is also interested in collaborating with investigators to develop and improve existing methodologies to enhance the utility of functional genomics tools within the lab. 

I am also the Director of the Duke Microbiome Core Facility, which supports the research of investigators seeking to uncover the roles that microbiomes play in human health and the environment. The core provides assistance with study design, sample management, DNA extractions, NGS library prep and data analysis. The lab is also interested in developing new techniques and analysis tools to better assess microbiome composition across a range of sample types.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Research Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology · 2021 - Present Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2018 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

State University of New York, Stony Brook · 2002 Ph.D.