Younhun (Youn) Kim

(last updated: August 13, 2018)

I am a third-year graduate student at MIT pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, currently advised by Bonnie Berger and Elchanan Mossel. My mathematical interests lie at the intersection of Combinatorics and Statistics. In particular, I find probabilistic models and questions inspired by biology or other naturally-occurring processes particularly fascinating.

My first name is pronounced "Young Hoon", without the g. My colleagues simply call me "Youn".

Teaching & Mentorship

Most recently, I worked as a mentor/resident counselor for ‚ąöMathROOTS. Outside of Boston, I have been volunteering as a problem reviewer for the NYCIML Junior Division.

I've been a research mentor for high school students in MIT PRIMES and RSI. My mentees have been Dylan Pentland (Finalist Regeneron STS 2018, Semifinalist Siemens 2017) for his project in enumerative combinatorics and Michelle Shen (Scholar Regeneron STS 2018, Semifinalist Siemens 2017) for her project in dynamical systems and modeling.

As an undergraduate at Brown, I was Head TA for CSCI 1810 (Computational Molecular Biology) for two years.


I received a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2016 from Brown University in Mathematics and Computer Science. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to be in the company of Professors Sorin Istrail and Ben Raphael.

Prior to finishing undergrad, I was employed by Orbis Systems in Jersey City, NJ as a programmer from 2009 to 2013.


The best way to get in touch is by e-mail: younhun (at) mit (dot) edu.

Department of Mathematics, Room 2-341C
Massachusetts Institute of Technology