Young S. Kim, PhD, joined the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute in 1998 as a Program Director who oversees and monitors NCI grants in the area of Nutrition and Cancer. She serves as an expert in nutrition, molecular biology, and genomics as they relate to cancer prevention. Dr. Kim assists with research initiatives that will advance nutritional science and lead to human health benefits. She has been actively involved with the preparation and processing of concepts aimed at creation of Program Announcement (PA) and Requests for Applications (RFAs). She maintains and expands links with other federal agencies such as USDA, FDA and professional groups involved with nutrition and cancer prevention. To fulfill this activity, she participates in the working groups, publishes manuscripts that deal with emerging issues, presents ideas and approaches at national or international meetings, and serves as a mentor for those seeking more information about the relationship between bioactive food components and cancer prevention.
Prior to this position, she worked on gene discoveries including MEN1 and CAIR1 by positional cloning and cDNA library screening respectively as a senior staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health. She received her PhD degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and a 3 year post-doctoral training in muscle protein purification and characterization at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on molecular mechanisms by which nutrients modulate cancer processes and the identification and the characterization of genetic patterns that can be influenced by nutrients.