Dr. Kyoungtae Kim is a professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Biological Science at Kyungpook National University in Taegu, Korea. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Biology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and completed his post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he studied cell biology and physiology. He is now located at Missouri State University where his research focuses on cellular trafficking and nanomaterial-based nanotoxicology.
His work has been published in the following international peer-reviewed journals: European Polymer Journal (quartile 1 in material chemistry), FEMS Yeast Research (quartile 1 in medicine), Cell Biology International (quartile 2 in medicine), Journal of Bioscience (quartile 2 in biological science), Biology of the Cell (quartile 1 in medicine), European Journal of Cell Biology (quartile 1 in medicine), Genes (quartile 1 in genetics, 5-year average), Nanomaterials (quartile 1 in material science), and Biomolecules (quartile 1 in biochemistry, 5-year average). All these journals are categorized into either Quartile 1 or Quartile 2, with Quartile 1 being the highest values and impacts in each field. It is noteworthy that his publication was cited by many top-tier journals including Nature, Science, and Current Opinion in Cell Biology.
Overall, his research results were disseminated in 227 presentations at internal and external scientific meetings, including 15 invited and 2 keynote presentations. Since 2015, 151 presentations co-authored with Missouri State University students have been made, and 10 invited talks including two keynote talks were made. Since 2015, 67% of his work has been at National/International and regional (state) conferences. Most of the remainder were at the institutional level meetings.
It is noteworthy that he was invited to several international conferences to present the results of his research as a keynote speaker or main presenter. For example, at the sixteenth International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotube held in Japan in 2015, he presented his results with the theme of "Carbon Nanomaterials Negatively Affect Cell Viability and Gene Expression". In 2018 two other topics "Membrane Trafficking" and "Quantum dot-mediated Cell Toxicity" were presented by him as a keynote speaker in Montreal, Canada. He also served as a conference session moderator at the American Society for Cell Biology and was invited to serve as the World Yeast Congress Organizing Committee and Worlds Yeast Congress Session Chair. In 2019, his research was presented at the German-American Science Slam held in St. Louis, MO with the title “What doesn't kill you makes you...develop acute health problems down the road”. In 2020, he was invited to give his research talk at the EFIGIE Talks held virtually in Brazil with the title “Study of Intracellular Traffics and assessment of anticancer therapeutics and engineered nanoparticles on cells”. His research also has been covered by internal publications (2017, Mind’s Eye, MSU Alumni Magazine), local media (KSMU Ozark Public Radio STEM spots, 2017), and many news articles in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences NewsWatch articles.