Kyungman graduated from KAIST with a bachelor degree in Computer Science, and then became a graduate student in Bio&Brain Engineering at KAIST, working with Prof. Chris Fiorillo. His research in the lab, as a visiting Ph.D. student, focused on developing and applying optogenetic tools to study the circuit mechanisms of reward and drug addiction. After completing his research affiliateship, he returned to KAIST to complete his Ph.D.
Baratta MV, Kodandaramaiah SB, Monahan PE, Yao J, Weber MD, Lin PA, Gisabella B, Petrossian N, Amat J, Kim K, Yang A, Forest CR, Boyden ES, Goosens KA (2015) Stress Enables Reinforcement-Elicited Serotonergic Consolidation of Fear Memory, Biological Psychiatry 79(10):814-22.
Kim K.M., Baratta M.V., Yang A., Lee D., Boyden E.S.*, Fiorillo C.D.* (2012) Optogenetic mimicry of the transient activation of dopamine neurons by natural reward is sufficient for operant reinforcement, PLoS One 7(4):e33612. (* co-corresponding authors)