Postdoctoral researcher Joomyung (Vicky) Jun has been selected as a 2022 Infinite Mile Award recipient for exceptional contributions to the MIT community.
Infinite Mile Awards are presented annually from the Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research to recognize those who go the extra mile and beyond to make MIT a better place. Winners are selected from a pool of outstanding researchers and staff who were nominated by their colleagues.
Jun was born in South Korea and received her B.Sc. degree in chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley, conducting undergraduate research with Kenneth Raymond. She then worked with Ronald Zuckermann at the Molecular Foundry in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her Ph.D. work at the University of Pennsylvania, co-advised by David M. Chenoweth and E. James Petersson, focused on the development of novel and underexplored fluorogenic small molecules.
She is currently a Life Sciences Research Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Ronald T. Raines, the Roger and Georges Firmenich Professor of Natural Products Chemistry. Her current research interest is to develop a bioreversible esterification strategy for cytosolic delivery of therapeutic proteins.
Infinite Mile Award recipients will receive a monetary award in addition to being honored at a celebratory reception later this spring.