Education: Southern Methodist University | BS, Biochemistry
“To innovate and challenge any system, you have to come at it with respect and passion.”
It was details that first attracted Eugene Kim to the science of the body — the molecular-level reactions that influence everything from mood to liver function. But as he completed his coursework for a biochemistry degree, Eugene realized he was interested in broader concepts. “My trajectory shifted,” he says, “and I realized that I had become more of a big-picture person.”
Eugene recognized the importance of looking at health as an ecosystem while studying the mechanisms of antibiotics. “I realized the numbers of multi-drug resistant bacteria were growing due to over-prescription of antibiotics and the lack of recent innovation in the field of antibiotics,” he says. “I saw the disconnect between pharmaceutical production and need, becoming aware of both the process and politics of drugs.”
In addition to his background in biochemistry, Eugene brings experience as a successful entrepreneur to Dell Medical School’s inaugural class: he co-founded an academic prep startup just after high school. Eugene acknowledges that the venture continues to inform his views on the medical industry. “To innovate and challenge any system, you have to come at it with respect and passion,” he says.
Eugene wants to focus on person-centered care — an approach that measures outcomes in wellness, not profit. “This school has given me a chance to be a part of a change,” he says. “It’s a potential shift in the dominant paradigm of health care.”
Performed: A solo at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas; Eugene plays both cello and piano
Won: A design competition to distribute water in a refugee camp in Djibouti