Junchul Kim

Assistant Professor


St. George (downtown)

CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology


Bsc, Yonsei University, Korea
Ph.D. Simon Fraser University, Canada

Primary Undergraduate Department


Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Research Description

Neural circuits underlying approach and avoidance behaviours.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-978-4260
Office: SS4028
Lab: RW306
Lab Phone: 416-978-3403

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
100 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Recent News

Congratulations to CSB’s Graduate Student Award Recipients!

Congratulations to our Graduate Students who earned recognition for their accomplishments at our Graduate Student Awards on December 19th, 2022!…

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Researchers delay onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in laboratory models

Learn more about recent research from the laboratories of Prof Junchul Kim and Dean Melanie Woodin, "Cortical interneuron-mediated inhibition delays…

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Cholecystokinin-Expressing Interneurons of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Mediate Working Memory Retrieval

Nguyen R, Venkatesan S, Binko M, Bang JY, Cajanding JD, Briggs C, Sargin D, Imayoshi I, Lambe EK, Kim JC
2020, The Journal of Neuroscience, 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1919-19.2020

Olfactory memory representations are stored in the anterior olfactory nucleus

Aqrabawi AJ, Kim JC
2020, Nature Communications, 10.1038/s41467-020-15032-2

Cortical interneuron-mediated inhibition delays the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Woodin MA, Kim JC, Robertson J, Zinman L, Keith J, De Koninck Y, Côté D, Gasecka A, Keramidis I, Garand D, Yang JW, Bedard S, Pressey JC, Liang X, Dargaei Z, Place KM, Aqrabawi AJ, Khademullah CS
2020, Brain, 10.1093/brain/awaa034

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Selective Activation of Cholecystokinin-Expressing GABA (CCK-GABA) Neurons Enhances Memory and Cognition

Whissell PD, Bang JY, Khan I, Xie Y, Parfitt GM, Grenon M, Plummer NW, Jensen P, Bonin RP, Kim JC
2019, eneuro, 10.1523/ENEURO.0360-18.2019

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Restoring GABAergic inhibition rescues memory deficits in a Huntington’s disease mouse model

Dargaei Z, Bang JY, Mahadevan V, Khademullah CS, Bedard S, Parfitt GM, Kim JC, Woodin MA
2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 10.1073/pnas.1716871115

Topographic Organization of Hippocampal Inputs to the Anterior Olfactory Nucleus

Aqrabawi AJ, Kim JC
2018, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 10.3389/fnana.2018.00012

Activation of Entorhinal Cortical Projections to the Dentate Gyrus Underlies Social Memory Retrieval

Leung C, Cao F, Nguyen R, Joshi K, Aqrabawi AJ, Xia S, Cortez MA, Snead OC, Kim JC, Jia Z
2018, Cell Reports, 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.04.073

Hippocampal projections to the anterior olfactory nucleus differentially convey spatiotemporal information during episodic odour memory

Aqrabawi AJ, Kim JC
2018, Nature Communications, 10.1038/s41467-018-05131-6

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Bidirectional Control of Anxiety-Related Behaviors in Mice: Role of Inputs Arising from the Ventral Hippocampus to the Lateral Septum and Medial Prefrontal Cortex

Parfitt GM, Nguyen R, Bang JY, Aqrabawi AJ, Tran MM, Seo DK, Richards BA, Kim JC
2017, Neuropsychopharmacology, 10.1038/npp.2017.56

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Muscarinic control of rostromedial tegmental nucleus GABA neurons and morphine-induced locomotion

Wasserman DI, Tan JMJ, Kim JC, Yeomans JS, Barrot M
2016, European Journal of Neuroscience, 10.1111/ejn.13237

Partial Raphe Dysfunction in Neurotransmission Is Sufficient to Increase Mortality after Anoxic Exposures in Mice at a Critical Period in Postnatal Development

Barrett KT, Dosumu-Johnson RT, Daubenspeck JA, Brust RD, Kreouzis V, Kim JC, Li A, Dymecki SM, Nattie EE
2016, The Journal of Neuroscience, 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1796-15.2016

A Novel Multisensory Integration Task Reveals Robust Deficits in Rodent Models of Schizophrenia: Converging Evidence for Remediation via Nicotinic Receptor Stimulation of Inhibitory Transmission in the Prefrontal Cortex

Cloke JM, Nguyen R, Chung BY, Wasserman DI, De Lisio S, Kim JC, Bailey CD, Winters BD
2016, The Journal of Neuroscience, 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1628-16.2016

Top-down modulation of olfactory-guided behaviours by the anterior olfactory nucleus pars medialis and ventral hippocampus

Aqrabawi AJ, Browne CJ, Dargaei Z, Garand D, Khademullah CS, Woodin MA, Kim JC
2016, Nature Communications, 10.1038/ncomms13721

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Comparative density of CCK- and PV-GABA cells within the cortex and hippocampus

Whissell PD, Cajanding JD, Fogel N, Kim JC
2015, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 10.3389/fnana.2015.00124

Multi-Scale Molecular Deconstruction of the Serotonin Neuron System

Okaty B, Freret M, Rood B, Brust R, Hennessy M, deBairos D, Kim J, Cook M, Dymecki S
2015, Neuron, 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.007

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Parvalbumin and GAD65 Interneuron Inhibition in the Ventral Hippocampus Induces Distinct Behavioral Deficits Relevant to Schizophrenia

Nguyen R, Morrissey MD, Mahadevan V, Cajanding JD, Woodin MA, Yeomans JS, Takehara-Nishiuchi K, Kim JC
2014, Journal of Neuroscience, 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2204-14.2014

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Mapping cell fate and function using recombinase-based intersectional strategies

Dymecki SM, Ray RS, Kim JC
2010, Methods in enzymology, 477, 183-213, 20699143

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Linking genetically defined neurons to behavior through a broadly applicable silencing allele

Kim JC, Cook MN, Carey MR, Shen C, Regehr WG, Dymecki SM
2009, Neuron, 63, 305-15, 19679071

Genetic fate-mapping approaches: new means to explore the embryonic origins of the cochlear nucleus

Kim JC, Dymecki SM
2009, Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 493, 65-85, 18839342

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Molecular neuroanatomy’s “Three Gs”: a primer

Dymecki SM, Kim JC
2007, Neuron, 54, 17-34, 17408575

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