Sangwon Kim PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Telephone Number: 410-550-6200

Johns Hopkins University
Department of Medicine,
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolis
5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Baltimore, MD 21224
Room: AAC 2A44
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Areas of Research
Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
Neurobiology of Disease

Graduate Program Affiliations

Neuroscience Training Program

The molecular mechanism of energy balance and the effects of its dysregulation on neuronal functions

The ability to sense nutrients and regulate energy balance is a fundamental process of all the living creatures. Obesity, an increasingly common health problem in the U.S. and throughout the developed world, has been acknowledged as the second leading cause of death, behind smoking. Obesity has been linked to diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a myriad of other health problems. Obesity results from disturbed energy balance, where energy intake (i.e. feeding) chronically exceeds total energy expenditure. A flurry of research activities has identified many genetic or biochemical components for nutrient sensing and has elucidated their roles in obesity and obesity-associated diseases. However the mechanism(s) underlying the development of obesity and the interplay between numerous components are still poorly understood. One of the primary goals in my laboratory is to understand how our body senses and responds to different levels of nutrients such as glucose or lipid, and how different pathways cross talk to each other. Consequently, we further investigate how metabolic disturbance affects neuronal functions and whether medication for Metabolic Syndrome (e.g. diabetes drugs)  can be re-purposed to treat patients with neuropsychiatric conditions.


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