Seung Bum Kim
  • Ph. D.
  • Seung Bum Kim
  • Molecular System Microbiology
  • N11-607
  • Laboratory of Molecular Microbial Systematics & Environmental Genomics (N11-607)
  • +82-42-821-6412, 7484

Academic Career

  • Ph.D. Microbiology (1996), Department of Microbiology, Seoul National University


  • Postdoctoral Fellow (1996- 1998), School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Research Associate (1999- 2001), CABI Bioscience UK Centre, UK
  • Senior Research Scientist (2001-2004), Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the ‘Diversity and Functions of Prokaryotes in Environment’, which include the following areas.

  • Actinobacteria:

    Taxonomy, diversity, evolution and bioactive compounds of filamentous actinobacteria, in particular Streptomyces family

  • Genomics and bioinformatics:

    Genome analysis and comparative genomics of prokaryotes, with particular emphasis on filamentous actinobacteria, producers of bioactive compounds and also on acidophilic species

  • Molecular systematics and evolution:

    Taxonomic characterization of prokaryotes in natural environment, and description of novel taxa using polyphasic and multigene approaches.

  • Environmental microbiome:

    Analysis of prokaryotic diversity using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, identification of 'core microbiome', and elucidation of its functions based on genomic and transcriptomic approaches

Selected Publication

  • Kim YR, Kim TS, Han JH, Joung Y, Park J, Kim SB. 2016. Allohumibacter endophyticus gen. nov., sp. nov., isolated from the root of wild Artemisia princeps (mugwort). Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 66(4):1823-1827.
  • Kim YR, Park S, Kim TS, Kim MK, Han JH, Joung Y, Kim SB. 2015. Draft genome sequence of Streptacidiphilus oryzae TH49T, an acidophilic actinobacterium isolated from soil. Genome Announc. 3(3):e00703-15.
  • Park HK, Han JH, Joung Y, Cho SH, Kim SA, Kim SB. 2014. Bacterial diversity in the indoor air of pharmaceutical environment. J Appl Microbiol. 116(3):728-727.
  • Han JH, Kim TS, Joung Y, Kim MN, Shin KS, Bae T, Kim SB. 2013. Nocardioides endophyticus sp. nov. and Nocardioides conyzicola sp. nov., isolated from herbaceous plant roots. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 63(12):4730-4734.
  • Han, JH, Cho, MH, Kim, SB. 2012. Ribosomal and protein coding gene based multigene phylogeny on the family Streptomycetaceae. Syst Appl Microbiol 35(1):1-6.