Professor,Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Dr. Kim is an Infectious Diseases physician who runs a basic science laboratory focused upon understanding the pathogenesis of toxoplasmosis and malaria. Recently she has developed collaborations with clinical investigators at the Blantyre Malaria Project in Malawi to understand the clinical impact of HIV co-infection upon cerebral malaria. She is also interested in understanding epigenetic and genetic factors that govern the host response to parasitic infections, opportunistic pathogens and tuberculosis. Dr. Kim is co-director of the NIH-funded Training Program in Geographic Medicine and Emerging Infections (with Herb Tanowitz) that supports graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (MD or PhD) pursuing mentored basic science and translational global infectious diseases research.
Dr. Kim is currently working on retrospective studies on children admitted for cerebral malaria. Initial studies show that HIV co-infection may be a risk factor for death. She has projects related to this in the lab here as well as projects that could potentially be done in Malawi. She is also planning a prospective HIV-malaria study in Malawi. As this progresses, there should be opportunitioes for students with this as well. We are working with the head of the Pediatrics HIV clinic in Blantyre for this (with our Blantyre Malaria Project collaborators).