Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Heesu “Ally” Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine, and intends to pursue a PhD in biomedical informatics at Stanford School of Medicine. They graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. With a passion for global equity in psychiatric care, Ally hopes to improve the way we arrive at diagnoses and treatments for non-Western patient populations by leading representative data collection, population genetics, and clinical translation pipelines. In pursuit of these goals, Ally has conducted research at Wellesley, MIT, Harvard, and the National Institutes of Health. At the Broad Institute, Ally led the first genetic analyses of neurodevelopmental disorders in Kenya and South Africa. They then founded the Science Mentorship Institute, a nonprofit that empowers and educates global youths in scientific research. Ally is a recipient of the Katharine Malone Prize, Barbara Bush Award for Volunteerism, Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowship, and the Goldwater Scholarship.