IBS Institute for Basic Science




Seong-Gi Kim, Bio


Seong-Gi Kim received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Washington University in 1988 for investigating blood flow using NMR spectroscopy, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington on the determination of biomolecular structure by NMR. Dr. Kim moved to the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota and joined the human functional MRI (fMRI) research team which produced one of the first human fMRI papers in 1992. After spending a decade at the University of Minnesota and advancing his academic rank to full Professor, Dr. Kim moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 to build a state of the art neuroimaging center. Dr. Kim was appointed as the Paul C. Lauterbur Chair, which was created for the honor of Nobel Laureate, MRI-inventor Paul C. Lauterbur.  Dr. Kim moved back to Korea to direct the CNIR and to be a faculty of Sungkyunkwan University at 2013.  His research interest is to develop magnetic resonance imaging techniques for measuring brain physiology and function, to determine relationships between neural activity and hemodynamic responses, and to apply imaging tools for answering systems neuroscience questions.


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1976. 3 ~ 1980. 2

  Kyungpook National University, Department of Applied Chemistry, B.A.

1984. 6 ~ 1988. 8

  Washington University, Department of Physical chemistry, Ph.D.

Professional Record


2013 ~ present

  Sungkyunkwan University, Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research,

  Director and Distinguished Professor

2009 ~ 2015

  University of Pittsburgh, Paul C. Lauterbur Chair in Imaging Research

2006 ~ 2013

  University of Pittsburgh, Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program, co-Director

2002 ~ 2015

  University of Pittsburgh, Department of Radiology, Neurobiology, and Bioengineering,


1994 ~ 2002

  University of Minnesota, Department of Radiology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering,

  Assistant Prof, Associate Prof. and full Professor


MR biophysics, Neuroimaging, Systems neuroscience

Google Scholar   https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LgkGJToAAAAJ

Lab Web Site   http://fbrainmapping.weebly.com/