Tae Hun Kim, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, is the recipient of the prestigious Mallinckrodt Foundation Award for his research proposal—“Understanding the Recognition and Repair of DNA Single-Strand Breaks in the Nucleosome.”
This annual grant, sponsored by the Mallinckrodt Foundation, supports early-career scientists engaged in innovative research projects.
Recognizing that constant exposure to DNA damage can lead to cancer if not properly repaired—Kim’s research will investigate the role of Poly (ADP-Ribose) polymerase (PARP) in recognizing DNA damage and initiating DNA repair processes. Ultimately, his research seeks to contribute to the development of new strategies for maintaining genomic integrity and treating cancer.
Kim’s scientific career focuses on studying the interplay between biomolecules and their critical roles in biological processes. Currently, his research focuses on understanding the regulatory mechanisms that underlie transcription and DNA damage repair processes, as well as their interplay with chromatin structure.
Mallinckrodt Grants, administered by the Mallinckrodt Foundation, represent a hallmark in recognizing and supporting exceptional scientific endeavors. These grants are annually awarded to early-career scientists across various disciplines, aiming to propel groundbreaking research initiatives forward. Founded on advancing scientific discovery, the Mallinckrodt Grants provide crucial financial support to projects that exhibit the potential to significantly influence their respective fields. By fostering innovation and encouraging the exploration of uncharted scientific territories, these grants play a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of researchers, ultimately contributing to the broader landscape of knowledge and discovery.