2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: VPUE and Bio-X
Mentor: Anthony Oro, Professor of Dermatology

Geurim Junie Kim is a rising senior majoring in biology and studying violin performance at Stanford. She has been working in the Oro lab in the dermatology department with Dr. Scott Atwood since freshman year. She is currently studying the regulation and function of oncogenic polarity kinase: atypical Protein Kinase C (aPKC) in hedgehog pathway, which has been identified as a novel target gene for cancer therapy. The objective of her research is to investigate aPKC activation in tumors and develop peptide inhibitors. In general, Geurim is interested in cancer biology and plans to pursue an MD/PhD after graduating from Stanford.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

Smoothened is a Frequent Driver of Drug-Resistant Basal Cell Carcinoma

Geurim Kim1, Scott X. Atwood1, Kavita Sarin2, Jiang Li1, Sandra Melo1, Frederic J. de Sauvage3, Anne Lynn S. Chang1,2, Jean Y. Tang1,2, Anthony E. Oro1,2
[Program in Epithelia Biology1 and Department of Dermatology2, Stanford University; Department of Molecular Biology3, Genentech, Inc.]