About Dr Min Kim

My passion for research is to understand how our immune cells cooperate to battle with infected viruses in human skin.

I am pursuing the aims of understanding our immune response to viral infection and developing a vaccine candidate for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) by the following approaches: 1. To develop a self-adjuvanted lipopeptide vaccine candidate for HSV infection: in the past, we have identified immunodominant peptides in glycoprotein D of HSV2. They have been modified and being investigated for their stimulation mechanism with monocyte derived dendritic cells (MDDC) and T cells. 2. To elucidate immune cell interactions against HSV antigens: we are investigating the cell interaction amongst MDDC, natural killer (NK) cells, and CD4 T cells in the context of stimulation by HSV antigens. 3. To understand the immunopathogenesis of HSV in human skin: we are utilising human skin explants to explore how our immune cells such as Langerhans cells, a few different types of dermal dendritic cells, and NK cells, combat with infected HSV.

Dr Min Kim is a Senior Research Officer in the HSV Immunology group at the Centre for Virus Research, Westmead Millennium Institute. She has been conducting research projects funded by NHMRC project and program grants, and grants from the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research. Dr Min Kim has been supervising Honours and PhD students through the University of Sydney. She graduated from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea (1986) and continued to do her Masters in bacteriology and PhD in virology at the Department of Biology in the same university (1993). She received post-doctoral fellowships from the Korean Science & Engineering Foundation and the Korean Research Foundation, and did post-doctoral studies at the Department of Microbiology at the Seoul National University School of Medicine (1996-1998) where she studied the antiviral effects of 28-deacetylsendanin on Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) replication. She lectured at Hanyang University from 1992 to 1998.After immigrating to Australia in 1999, she worked as a research scientist at Dr Derek Hart's lab at the Mater Medical Research Institute, Mater Hospital (2000-2001) and as a post-doctoral fellow at the late Professor Edwin Westaway's lab at the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre, Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane (2001-2004). In 2004, she joined Professor Anthony L. Cunningham's group.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Kim's publications, please visit her Sydney Medical School academic profile.