Department of Biological Sciences
Pusan National University, College of Natural Sciences, Korea
Heui-Soo Kim, the professor of Biological Science in Pusan National University, received doctor’s degrees at Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University by studying molecularly analyzing in primate’s Y-chromosome genes. Best marker for evolutionary analysis is immanence on Y-chromosome of hominoid primates including chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, human. According to these studies, it was the foundation in the future when he went to the department of molecular neuropsychiatry in Warneford Hospital of Oxford University in The United Kingdom for post doctor researcher because he contributed to verifying Prof. Timothy J. Crow’s hypothesis “Origin gene of Schizophrenia disease is located on sex chromosome (X- and Y-chromosome)”. Endogenous Retroviruses (ERV) in human genome associates with inducing schizophrenia, and especially “ERV on the sex chromosome is the main cause” is Prof. Crow’s idea. Professor Kim studies not only just ERV, but also studies about various Transposable elements; SINE (Alu), LINE, LTR (Long Terminal Repeat).
Alternative Transcripts of Human PCDH11X/Y Gene and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.
Molecular characterization of the HERV-W env gene in humans and primates: expression, FISH, phylogeny, and evolution