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Marie Kim


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About Marie

Marie was born and raised in Seoul. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Hong Kong. For her Master’s research, she optimized encapsulation of hydrophilic drugs in polymeric nanoparticles.


In 2017, she moved to Rochester, NY for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. For her doctoral research, she studied the role of homeostatic microbiome on trained immunity.

In Jan 2023, she joined the Esser-Kahn Lab as a postdoc. In the Esser-Kahn Lab, she hopes to combine her knowledge in nanoparticle synthesis and trained immunity.

Outside of lab, Marie enjoys hiking, playing tennis, watching football, and dreaming of the day she finally adopts a rescue dog.


Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering

University of Rochester, 2022 

Thesis: Microbiome-Mediated Trained Immunity (Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D)


M.Phil in Bioengineering

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2017

Thesis: Codelivery of Peptide Therapeutics for Polyglutamine Diseases via Polymeric Nanoparticles (Advisor: Ying Chau, Ph.D)


B.S. in Biology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2015

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Marie's Research

Marie’s current research interest is utilization of drug delivery systems and small molecules to induce trained immunity

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