Jinny (Jinha) Kim

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Alongside my studies I am working with Dr. Lisa Craig’s laboratory at SFU researching Type VI Pili.

Why did you choose to come to SFU?

In my earlier years, I used to visit my sister while she pursued her undergraduate studies on campus. I found it truly inspiring to observe the remarkable transformation she underwent from high school to higher education. She consistently shared her enthusiasm for science, introduced me to her peers and mentors, and created a sense of comfort in an unfamiliar environment. This experience instilled in me a sense of excitement and hope, nurturing my aspiration to embark on a similar journey of growth and transformation.

How would you describe your research or program to a family member?

My research project centers on Type VI Pili, which are thin filaments present on the surfaces of bacteria. These pili play a crucial role for bacteria, housing functions such as twitching motility, DNA uptake, and protein secretion. At the Craig Laboratory, our objective is to delve into the structure and function of these pili, with the intention of harnessing their potential for application in antimicrobial therapies.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies/research at SFU?

My personal studies and research journey at SFU has had a profound impact on my personal development. Within the academic realm, the opportunity to delve into intricate concepts has consistently fueled my passion for science. As I progress to more advanced lectures, the subject matter becomes increasingly specific and detailed, affording me the privilege of selecting courses that resonate with my interests. Witnessing the theories learned in the classroom come alive in the laboratory setting is undeniably captivating. Furthermore, my experience within the laboratory has been exceptionally fulfilling. The guidance of my mentors and the collaborative atmosphere they foster have created a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes both learning and personal growth. The opportunity to work alongside dedicated professionals and engage in hands-on research is an invaluable aspect of my journey.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?

For those interested in pursuing undergraduate research, my advice is to embrace the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. Stepping into a new environment and surrounding yourself with unfamiliar faces offers a platform to foster fresh connections. To initiate your involvement of undergraduate research, the departmental website proves to be an invaluable resource. This platform provides a wealth of information, guidance, and opportunities to connect with professors who share your passion and field of interest. For those interested in cooperative education (Co-op), volunteering, a work-study program, directed research, and NSERC/USRA will find this resource useful.