We’re excited to announce that Brian Kim is joining CSI as an assistant professor and a physician scientist, starting from July 1, 2014. Dr. Brian Kim received his B.S. in Chemistry from Haverford College in 2001 and his M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2007. He trained under Dr. Stephen Katz in the National Cancer Institute from 2004-2006. In 2008, he entered his residency in dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on the physician-scientist track. Prior to joining the CSI, he did his residency and postdoctoral training with Dr. David Artis.
Dr. Kim’s research focuses on understanding how the innate immune system regulates immunity and inflammation at the skin barrier surface. He was the first to identify group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) in the skin of both mice and humans and implicate them in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD). These key discoveries have provoked a number fundamental questions related to the biology of skin inflammation and its relationship to chronic itch. At the center, he will study the innate immune regulation of skin inflammation, which may lead to new treatments for chronic itch. Dr. Brian Kim’s arrival brings a long-awaited opportunity to the CSI and will bridge the basic research and treatment for patients with chronic itch. We look forward to working with Dr. Kim’s team !