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Dr Jee Hyun Kim is a behavioral neuroscientist, whose work focuses on emotional learning and memory during childhood and adolescence. She is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne.

Kim’s research shows that the acquisition and retrieval of fear memories is different across childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Kim was also the first to demonstrate that fear memories can be permanently erased early in life.

Kim’s research uses preclinical paradigms to model human behaviors, in order to understand the neurobiological basis of learning. Specifically, her work investigates the role of memory and forgetting in the development and treatment of two major mental disorders across childhood and adolescence: anxiety disorder and substance abuse disorder. Kim has published over 40 original papers to date, and her work has been cited over 800 times.

Kim is an active science communicator, and has given public lectures at TEDx Melbourne, Australian Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Victorian Science Week and City of Melbourne. She has written several articles for the Conversation, and has interviewed for ABC Radio, Radio New Zealand, SBS TV, and Channel 10 (The Project).

Kim is also a vocal advocate for women in science, and was acknowledged for her work as a proponent in the manuscript of Kate White’s book, Building effective career paths for women in science research: a case study of an Australian science research institute.

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