Kami Kim to Chair NIH Study Section
Kami Kim, MD has been invited to chair the NIH Study Section "AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer" in the Center for Scientific Review. Kim's term will begin July 1, 2010 and end June 30, 2012.
Kami Kim, MD
Dr. Kim is Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology & Immunology. She joined the Einstein faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to professor in 2007. Her research focuses on understanding how the organisms Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium species (malaria) cause clinical disease in humans. Using genetic, biochemical, and cell biology approaches, she and colleagues seek to develop new treatments for these parasitic infections, which combined affect more than a half-billion people worldwide. Dr, Kim’s team has characterized the epigenetic characteristics of Toxoplasma gondii and is developing other initiatives to understand how pathogens influence epigenetic gene expression of infected human cells. They also are investigating potential targets for drug therapy. Dr. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases at UCSF, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in parasitology at San Francisco General Hospital-UCSF and in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University. During these fellowships she also served as an attending physician at the San Francisco County Tuberculosis Clinic and at San Francisco General Hospital.
Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.
Study section members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities the Center believes Dr. Kim in particular will bring to the important task of Chair.
Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Another Medicine faculty member, Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is currently serving a term on the section titled "Vaccines Against Microbial Diseases".