fbpx Minjae Kim | University of Kentucky College of Engineering


C367 and Raymond Bldg (OHR)



Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky (2023 - present)

Research Scientist I, Colorado State University, (2022 - 2023)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University, (2021 - 2022)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (2020 - 2021)

ORISE Fellow, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. FDA (2019 - 2020)


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2019)

M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (2012)

B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University (2010)

Research Interests:

My overarching research goal is to pioneer innovative biotechnological solutions that enhance both environmental and human health. My focus has encompassed critical microbial systems, including bioremediation of environmental pollutants like disinfectants, crude oil spills, and wastewater treatment. I have also delved into molecular techniques for tracking antibiotic resistance genes in environmental and clinical contexts, assessing sanitation engineering impacts on the human gut microbiome in developing nations, addressing microbial risks in floodwater, and studying carbon sequestration in soils for climate change mitigation. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, I've seamlessly integrated -omics, molecular biology, and engineering techniques to explore these subjects.