Jongsook Kim Kemper
Jongsook Kim Kemper, PhD, received her B.S. degree from Seoul National University, Korea, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She received postdoctoral training at the UIUC and Stanford University in the field of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and is presently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Integrative Physiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Using multidisciplinary approaches, ranging from cell-free to animal and human studies and utilizing cutting-edge genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic approaches, her lab is studying transcriptional and epigenetic control of metabolism. The major focus of her research is to understand the role of the bile acid signal-sensing nuclear receptors, FXR and SHP, and epigenomic modulators, like SIRT1, JMJD3, and microRNAs, in maintaining metabolic homeostasis. Further, she studies how these factors are dysregulated in diabetes and obesity, including fatty liver disease, which can progress to terminal liver diseases like cirrhosis, fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.