Ohio Northern University honors Carla Kim with Distinguished Alumni Award

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Alumni Association presented Carla Kim with a Distinguished Alumni Award during a banquet on June 4.

The award, recognizing outstanding service and loyalty, was presented as part of Ohio Northern’s 2016 Alumni Weekend, held June 3-5.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that Ohio Northern bestows upon its graduates,” said Dan DiBiasio, president of Ohio Northern University. “In selecting its recipients, we examine personal character, career achievements, community engagement and loyalty to the University. As such, these individuals are role models for Polar Bears everywhere, and we are delighted to honor them with this prestigious award. These alumni are true testaments to the lasting impact of a Northern education.” 

Kim is principal investigator in the Carla Kim Lab at Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. Her research interests involve the relationships between stem cell biology, cancer biology and lung biology.

After graduating from Ohio Northern in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Kim attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for a doctorate in genetics. She next engaged in a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Cancer Research. 

In addition to running her research lab through her present joint appointment at Harvard and Children’s Hospital Boston, Kim mentors graduate students, lectures, attends seminars and writes grants.

Kim is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Charles (also an ONU graduate), are both members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society and have established an endowed scholarship for women in the sciences. She and her husband have two children and live in Boston.