Dr Kang is a Discovery Fellow and group leader at the University of Dundee since 2014. Prior to this, Dr Kang got her PhD in 2007 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, studying how long-term ethanol consumption disrupts lipid and glucose homeostasis in adipose tissue. She had her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University in Professor David Wasserman’s group (2007-2011). She studied how impaired insulin action in muscle develops in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Dr Kang was a research faculty member of Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in 2012-2014. She was also the Managing Director of the Metabolic Pathophysiology Core of the Vanderbilt Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centre between 2012 and 2014. Having won prestigious, internationally renowned Marie Curie Internationally Incoming Fellowship, Dr Kang moved to Dundee to establish her independent research group in 2014.
Dr Kang is interested in understanding how proteins and molecules outside the cells communicate with the cells and affect insulin action in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. She has established a novel link between insulin resistance with extracellular matrix remodeling in multiple metabolic active tissues including muscle, fat and heart. Her research is currently supported by Diabetes UK and Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation.