Il-Jin Kim is principal investigator and director of Applied Genomics in the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Program. His work focuses on the identification of novel therapeutic targets and diagnostic markers for various types of human cancers. Dr. Kim investigates human cancers using state-of-the-art technologies, including next-generation sequencing (NGS) and system genetic tools that he developed with his team. He has developed several innovative microarrays and pioneered new methods of high-throughput mutation screening, for which he holds numerous patents. He has published more than 70 papers, including in Science and Nature Communications. He has also received three awards from the American Association for Cancer Research for developing innovative genetic and diagnostic assays. Dr. Kim graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, with a BS and DVM (magna cum laude), and a PhD in tumor biology. In 2010, he joined the UCSF faculty in the Department of Surgery.