Young L. Kim

Young Kim

Associate Head for Research
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Showalter Faculty Scholar
University Faculty Scholar


Phone: +1 765 496-2445
Fax: 1 765 496-1459

Purdue University
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering
206 S. Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2032

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  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, 1997
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2002
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2004
  • MS, Clinical Investigation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2007

Research Interests

  • Biophotonics/Biomedical optics
  • Understanding light propagation in biological tissue
  • Optical diagnosis and imaging of early cancer
  • Enhanced backscattering (or coherent backscattering) for tissue diagnosis
  • Tissue/cell characterization using light scattering spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopic imaging system/microscopy
  • Endoscopically compatible fiber optics probes
  • Low-coherence interferometry for cancer imaging
  • Cancer screening and chemoprevention
  • Cancer epidemiology