Eugene Kim – Structure and Dynamics of Chromosomes

Eugene Kim – Structure and Dynamics of Chromosomes

What are the universal principles that underlie chromosome organization across all forms of life?

Our Aim

In all organisms, chromosome must be compacted nearly three orders of magnitude to fit within the confines of cells, while simultaneously allowing a myriad of DNA-based processes, including replication, transcription, repair, recombination, and integration. Yet, the basic principles of the formation and regulation of the 3D structures of genome have remained unclear. Our group aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms governing 3D genome organization: how chromatins are folded and twisted, and how these topologies affect genome functions. To this end, we will employ single-molecule fluorescence imaging, single-molecule force spectroscopy, and correlative light and electron microscopy techniques to probe and interrogate individual molecules in vitro. By studying individual biochemical processes that constitute genome packaging at high spatiotemporal resolution, we hope to extract the universal principles that underlie chromosome organization across all forms of life.

Research Projects


How to Join Our Lab

We are seeking for talented PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who are motivated to join our lab.
If you are interested, please send your cover letter and CV to or apply via the graduate program IMPRS CBP.

Bachelor and Master Thesis Projects

We welcome students to do their bachelor or master thesis projects in our group. Please contact Eugene Kim for your expression of interest via:


Selected Publications

Pradhan, B.; Kanno, T.; Umeda Igarashi, M.; Loke, M. S.; Baaske, M. D.; Wong, J. S. K.; Jeppsson, K.; Björkegren, C.; Kim, E.
The Smc5/6 complex is a DNA loop-extruding motor. 
Nature (2023)
Kim E.; Kerssemakers J.; Shaltiel I. A.; Haering C. H.; Dekker C.
DNA-loop extruding condensin complexes can traverse one another.
Nature 579, pp. 438 - 442 (2020) 
Elbatsh A. M. O.; Kim E.; Eeftens J. M.; Raaijmakers J. A.; van der Weide R. H.; Bravo S.; Ganji M.; Uit de Bos J.; Teunissen H.; Medema R. H. et al.
Distinct Roles for Condensin’s Two ATPase Sites in Chromosome Condensation.
Molecular Cell 76 (5), pp. 724 - 737, e5 (2019) 
Ganji M.; Shaltiel* I. A.; Bisht* S.; Kim E.; Kalichava A.; Haering C. H.; Dekker C.
Real-time imaging of DNA loop extrusion by condensin.
Science 360, pp. 102 - 105 (2018)
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