Imperial College London

Dr Jang Ah Kim

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering


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Dr Jang Ah Kim is a Lecturer at the Hamlyn Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in researching the interaction between light and matter and using this knowledge to develop new strategies in the fields of sensing and robotics at the micro/nanoscale. This involves the creation and design of micro/nanostructures for diagnostic purposes such as detecting infections, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases and developing microscopic therapies and surgeries such as localised drug delivery and cellular surgery.

She graduated from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and then completed her PhD in Nanotechnology from the same university in 2017. During her PhD, she worked on the development of chemical vapour deposition (CVD)-grown graphene-based fibre-optic surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors for biochemical detection and development of fibre-optic contact force sensors for remote in situ monitoring of physical contact between tissue and cardiac ablation catheter. She joined the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery/Department of Computing at Imperial College London in April 2017. She developed a miniature fibre-optic surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor using state-of-the-art micro/nanofabrication techniques, including two-photon polymerisation (2PP), for rapid diagnosis of diseases (e.g. bacteria detection for infection screening, etc.) in minimally invasive surgeries (MIS)/interventions. She also discovered and studied the forced bacterial swarming effect in the vicinity of plasmonic nanostructures to develop a new biological micro-robotic operational strategy. As a Research Associate in Biosensing, she joined the Stevens Group at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, from September 2021 to August 2023 to further study SERS sensing mechanisms at the nano-to-molecular level for the development of high-dimensional sensing strategy.



Kim JA, Hou Y, Keshavarz M, et al., 2023, Characterization of bacteria swarming effect under plasmonic optical fiber illumination, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol:28, ISSN:1083-3668, Pages:1-15

Kim J, Yeatman E, Thompson A, 2021, Plasmonic optical fiber for bacteria manipulation—characterization and visualization of accumulation behavior under plasmo-thermal trapping, Biomedical Optics Express, Vol:12, ISSN:2156-7085, Pages:3917-3933

Kim JA, Wales DJ, Yang G-Z, 2020, Optical spectroscopy for in vivo medical diagnosis-a review of the state of the art and future perspectives, Progress in Biomedical Engineering, Vol:2, ISSN:2516-1091


Callens S, Cihova M, Kim JA, et al., 2023, Guiding engineered bone tissue growth using mesostructured surfaces of defined geometry, European Chapter of the Tissue-Engineering-and-Regenerative-Medicine-International-Society (TERMIS), MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, ISSN:1937-3341

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