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President’s Cabinet - Carol Kim

Carol Kim received a Ph.D. in microbiology from Cornell University in 1992 and conducted postdoctoral research in biochemistry at Molecular Probes Inc., the following year, and in microbiology at Oregon State University from 1993-97. She earned a B.A. in biological chemistry and philosophy at Wellesley College. Dr. Kim joined the UMaine faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She was promoted to Professor in 2010. Dr. Kim was the Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering from 2008-2013.

In her extensively published research, Dr. Kim uses the zebrafish as a model organism to study the innate immune response to pathogens. The goal of her work is to identify factors that influence the regulation of innate immunity and to determine the role of environmental toxicants in modulating resistance to pathogens. The University of Maine Zebrafish Facility, which Dr. Kim established in 1999, supports her research and that of seven other UMaine scientists.
Dr. Kim has successfully received funding from diverse sources, including the National Science Foundation, USDA, National Institutes of Health and NASA. Most recently, her research is part of a nearly $11 million NIH grant to Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Kim is leading a $1.8 million study on the effects of low levels of arsenic in a zebrafish model for cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Kim became the Vice President for Research at the University of Maine in September 2013. Dr. Kim is responsible for supporting and expanding the impressive breadth and depth of research and creative activities of the UMaine community. UMaine fosters research and scholarship in all aspects of education by promoting active collaboration between students and faculty.

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