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We're at the forefront of the battle against HIV to protect U.S. troops from infection and to reduce the global impact of the disease.
MHRP research efforts encompass threat assessment and epidemiology, HIV diagnostics, vaccine development and testing, and therapeutics research.
Jerome H. Kim, M.D., is currently Deputy Director and Chief, Department of Molecular Virology and Pathogenesis at MHRP. He also serves as the HIV Vaccines Project Manager, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, Fort Detrick, Md.
Dr. Kim, a Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, started his military career in the Air Force, assigned to the Department of Retroviral Research, WRAIR. After a brief exodus, he entered Army service in 2000 in the Department of HIV Vaccine Research, Division of Retrovirology, WRAIR. Prior to serving as Deputy Director (Science), Dr. Kim was the Chief, Department of Retrovirology, U.S. Army Medical Component, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand (2004-2008). He has also been the Chief, Biomedical Research Service, Tripler Army Medical Center (2002-2004) and Assistant Chief, Department of HIV Vaccine Development, MHRP (2000-2002).
Dr. Kim’s research interests include HIV molecular epidemiology, host genetics, and HIV vaccine development. He serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and has served on consultations for the World Health Organization and the Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Enterprise.
Dr. Kim is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Military honors include the Army Commendation Medal and Air Force/Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak-leaf clusters, and the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Dr. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in Biology and high honors in History from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1980, where he won the Library Prize for Pacific Islands Area Research and the Arthur Lyman Dean Prize in the Humanities. He graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1984. Dr. Kim completed his training in Internal Medicine (1987) and fellowship in Infectious Diseases (1990) at Duke University Medical Center and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha while at Duke.
DMVP focuses on the use of molecular techniques to characterize host and viral genetic characteristics as they apply to prevalent and incident HIV infections in vaccine and natural history cohorts.
COL Jerome Kim, MHRP Deputy Director, and Dr. Barton Haynes, chair of the RV144 Scientific Steering Committee, presented results of the RV144 correlates studies at the 2011 AIDS Vaccine Conference. According to Dr. Haynes, the studies have provided “new clues” to how the vaccine regimen may have provided protection from HIV.