Su Jeong Kim portrait by Stephanie Kleinman

Su-Jeong Kim, PhD

Senior Scientist II
Adjunct Research Professor of Gerontology

Expertise: Mitochondria, Neuroscience


  • Postdoctoral fellow, Biology of Aging, University of Southern California, 2019
  • PhD, Systems Biology, Yonsei University, South Korea, 2012
  • BS, Biotechnology, Yonsei University, South Korea, 2005

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Mitochondrial-derived peptides
  • Parkinson’s disease


Su-Jeong Kim, PhD, researches the functional roles of mitochondrial DNA variants in age-related diseases or the therapeutic potential of mitochondrial-derived peptides in age-related diseases. She trained in the field of Parkinson’s disease (PD) during her Ph.D. and currently focus on the roles of mtDNA SNP and a mitochondrial peptide called SHLP2 in PD. She uses a population-based database, human cell culture, and mice models in her research. She also investigates the key features of mitochondrial physiology, mitochondrial-derived peptides, and mitochondrial long noncoding RNAs and its binding proteins during cellular senescence. She is studying the importance of the mitochondrial alteration during senescence and the senolytics targets.


Email: sujkim@usc.edu

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Curriculum Vitae