Woo Jae Kim
Assistant Professor
Faculty Member
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON Canada
Website
wkim@uottawa.ca
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Areas of Expertise:
Behavioral genetics, Neural circuits, Molecular genetics

Research Organisms:
Drosophila melanogaster

 

Research Focus:

In short, the Kim lab is seeking for the fundamental mechanisms how specific neural circuits lead to certain behaviors. We use tiny insect Drosophila melanogaster to answer this question. Dr. Kim has established two behavioral paradigm called ‘Longer-Mating-Duration’ and ‘Shorter-Mating-Duration’. In short term, the Kim lab will focus on identifying functional neural circuits, genetic components, and sensory modality for these behaviors. In mid term, the Kim lab would expand the behavioral repertoires by establishment of automated quantification system of behavior. Beyond this, the Kim lab will establish automated optogenetic & thermogenetic behavioral manipulation system. With the advantage of strong genetic tools available in fruit fly and establishing behavioral quantification and manipulation systems, the Kim lab in the long term will seek for how neural circuits for complex social behavior function in vivo. Reverse engineering to build up eusociality in fruit fly and genomic editing of eusocial insect such as honey bees/ants using CRISPR/Cas9 is also one of the plans to understand social behavior. Our interest could be summarized as below;
- Social behavior
- Neural circuits
- Behavioral genetics
- Neuropeptide and receptors