Employee Spotlight: Dr. Soyeon Kim

Dr. Soyeon Kim, Senior Research Scientist, joined Frontier Science Foundation Boston office in September 2017. Soyeon has worked in the design, analysis, monitoring, and reporting of clinical research studies with International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) and its predecessor Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Network, as well as investigator-initiated projects, for more than 20 years. She enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams, closely collaborating with investigators to design trials of clinical and public health significance.

Soyeon Kim

Soyeon serves as a statistical representative to the Tuberculosis Scientific Committee of IMPAACT. She also has an abiding interest in research capacity development. She has substantial experience working in resource limited settings, having formerly been in residence in Thailand, Botswana, and Tanzania (collectively for 8 years). In those settings, she collaborated on several HIV treatment and prevention studies and worked closely with students and junior researchers. She has continued to support research capacity development by serving as mentor to a host country investigator through IMPAACT’s International Resource Committee and by serving on review panels for Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health Protocol Review Committee (supported by USAID and National Academies), and participating in a workshop advocating for strengthening biostatistical capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Soyeon is a Senior Biostatistician for the Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO) project. C3PNO is a collaboration between the 9 NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) U01 cohorts, The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Frontier Science. The C3PNO goal is to stimulate research with outside investigators and encourage new collaborations with international cohorts studying substance use in the context of HIV pathogenesis.

Before she came to Frontier Science, Soyeon held academic appointments at the Rutgers School of Public Health and the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she taught courses, mentored and advised students, and collaborated on tuberculosis (TB) research projects evaluating novel diagnostic methods and biomarkers, and evaluating household contacts of TB cases in observational cohorts. She also worked on multiple sclerosis and autism studies and assisting the NJ Department of Health (DOH) describe risk behavior, access to prevention activities, and prevalence profiles of persons at high risk of HIV using National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) data.

While an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Rutgers School of Public Health, she and colleagues at Rutgers and New Jersey Department of Health published a manuscript using administrative data detailing the extent and causes of direct and indirect deaths post Hurricane Sandy that generated widespread interest.

Soyeon earned a BS in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, MS and ScD degrees in Biostatistics from Harvard University School of Public Health, and worked as a Research Associate/Scientist at Harvard University School of Public Health.

We are glad to be working with Soyeon at Frontier Science!