Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kim Laboratory

Lab Members

Meet the Kim Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator


Julie Kim, PhD
Susy Y. Hung Research Professor
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine)
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Postdoctoral Fellows


Hannes Campo, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Hannes’s research interest focuses on using bioengineering techniques and microfluidics to model complex reproductive diseases such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Hannes is on a quest to try all Belgian style beers in America. He is also an avid runner.


Ross McNally, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. McNally’s research focuses on senescence in smooth muscle tumors of the myometrium, known as uterine leiomyomas – with an emphasis on understanding the interplay between sex hormones and ROS to promote growth and survival. Outside of the exciting realm of science, Dr McNally likes long walks on the beach, the colour green, dealing with visa issues, and those small monkeys he saw at the zoo once.


Mary Towner, MD, FACOG
Postdoctoral Fellow

Mary is a fellow in the Gynecologic Oncology division at Northwestern Medicine. Her projects involve utilizing an in vitro PCOS model to study the effects of metformin on the ovary and investigating the relationship between adipose tissue, endometrial cancer, and angiogenesis. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband & their two young children and finding new restaurants in Chicago.

Graduate Students


Grace Foley
PhD Candidate

Grace is a PhD candidate investigating tumor variation that contributes to racial disparities in endometrial cancer. She is a trainee on the CRS T32 Training grant. Grace enjoys pottery and running by the lake in her free time.


Stephanie Head
MS-RSM Student

Stephanie is a Master’s student in the Reproductive Science and Medicine program. Her thesis project aims to identify the role of the progesterone receptor in obesity for endometrial cancer prevention. Stephanie enjoys baking, traveling, and practices speaking Spanish in her free time.


Cassandra Huerta
MS-RSM Student

Cassandra is a Master’s student in Reproductive Science and Medicine investigating the genetics of endometriosis using induced pluripotent stem cells. She is also involved in endometriosis awareness and advocacy projects. Cassandra writes poetry and collects unknown works of sci-fi/fantasy by female authors as well as noise complaints for practicing the flute and piccolo too late at night.


Asia Ingram
MS-RSM Student

Asia is a Master’s student in the Reproductive Science in Medicine program and investigating the role of the PCOS ovary in the microfluidic system, Lattice. Asia writes poetry, enjoys science fiction and traveling when she can.


Alina Murphy
PhD Candidate

Alina's research investigates why obesity predisposes women to develop endometrial cancer. She enjoys cycling in her free time.

Research Technologists


Huma Asif, PhD
Research Associate

Huma’s expertise lies in the areas of sequencing, comparative analysis of genomes and understanding the genetic basis of genome evolution using phylogenetics and Statistical approaches. Her project focuses on understanding the racial differences in endometrial cancer using multi-omics approaches such as genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenomics. Previously, she worked as a Computational Scientist and Staff scientist at University of Chicago where she performed in-depth statistical analyses of human genomic data. Huma enjoys exploring new places, culture and food.


Katy Trotter, MS
Research Technician

Katy is a recent graduate of the MS-RSM program where she focused on the effects of angiogenic and oxidative stress factors on the rat model of preeclampsia. As a technician in the Kim Lab, she supports other team members with their experiments and manages the MPS-database with Sarah Wagner. Katy enjoys baking and exploring Chicago in her spare time.

Lab Management

Zhenxiao Lu

Zhenxiao Lu
Lab Manager

Zhen Lu is the lab manager of the Kim Lab and ensures smooth operations and upkeep of the lab. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Xinjiang University, and worked for 6 years at the University of Guelph, Canada, before arriving to the Kim Lab. Zhen’s hobbies include reading and gardening.


Sarah Wagner
Project Manager

Sarah manages the UH3 grant focused on developing a microfluidics in vitro model of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In her spare time, Sarah bakes treats for the lab and hangs out with her dog.