Betty Y.S. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Dr. Kim is a physician-scientist and professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. She received her M.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As a neurosurgical resident at the University of Toronto, Dr. Kim was selected to attend the prestigious Surgeon Scientist Program and received her Ph.D. in Biomaterial and Biomedical Engineering and the Clinician Investigator Degree (CIP). Dr. Kim completed a neurosurgical oncology fellowship and a second fellowship dedicated to skull base tumors at the MD Anderson before joining the Mayo Clinic in Florida as a physician-scientist. She returned to MD Anderson as an associate professor in 2018 and has since established a robust translational research program.
Kristin Huntoon, Ph.D., D.O., Research Fellow
Kristin’s research will focus on developing phagocytic nanoengagers for brain tumor immunotherapy. Kristin completed her neurosurgical residency training in July 2020. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo-SUNY in cellular and molecular biology.
DaeYong Lee, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
DaeYong’s research focuses on the design of multifunctional tunable nanomaterials to prime the tumor microenvironment. He obtained his Ph.D. from KAIST University, South Korea in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Seongdong Jeong, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Seongdong's research focuses on the development of phagocytic engagers and fusion protein constructs to target brain metastasis. He obtained his Ph.D. from KAIST University, South Korea in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Thomas Gallup, Research Assistant
Thomas' research is focused on the tumor microenvironment, immunotherapies, and novel scientific and clinical approaches to cancer care. His work focuses on developing animal models of primary and secondary brain tumors and immune profiling of tumor tissues. He graduated from Caltech with a degree in biology in 2021.