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USF Medicine International

Kami Kim, MD

Kami Kim, MD

Division Director, College of Medicine Internal Medicine

Director, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine

Joint Professor, Center for Global Health & Infectious Disease, College of Public Health

Attending Physician, .

Faculty Advisor, .

Joint Progessor, .Department of Molecular Medicine

Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine, .

Contact Info USF Infectious Disease Research
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MDC84
Tampa FL 33612

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Academic Phone:(813) 974-5891

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  • Fellowship, Infectious Disease, University of California, 1988
  • Intern and Resident, Medical Service, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1987
  • MD, Medicine, Columbia University, 1980


Dr. Kami Kim is a physician-scientist who joined the USF faculty in 2017 as a Professor of Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases and International Medicine) and Professor of Global Health. Her laboratory focuses upon understanding the pathogenesis of toxoplasmosis and malaria, parasitic diseases of global significance. The Toxoplasma projects use a multidisciplinary systems biology approach to understand how the parasite senses and responds to changes in its host. Using a combination of epigenomics, genetics and proteomics, her group is studying how the parasite transitions from the pathogenic tachyzoite form to the persistent bradyzoite form. She is investigating the epigenetic and genetic factors that govern the host response to parasites.

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease


  • Member (Association of American Physicians, 2013 - Present)
  • Fellow (American Academy for Microbiology, 2013 - Present)
  • Fellow (Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2006 - Present)
  • Member (American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2004 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Duffy F Bernabeu M Babar PH Kessler A Wang CW Vaz M Chery L Mandala WLRogerson SJ Taylor TE Seydel KB Lavstsen T Gomes E Kim K et, al. Meta-analysis of Plasmodium falciparum var Signatures Contributing to Severe Malaria in African Children and Indian Adults MBio. 10(2) , 2019.
  • Kamal El Bissati Henry Redel Li-Min Ting Joseph D, Lykins Martin J, McPhillie Rajendra Upadhya Patrick M, Woster Nigel Yarlett Kami Kim Louis M, Weis. Novel Synthetic Polyamines Have Potent Antimalarial Activities in vitro and in vivo by Decreasing Intracellular Spermidine and Spermine Concentrations Cell Infect Microbiol. 9(9) , 2019.
  • Harawa V, Njie M, Kessler A, Choko A, Kumwenda B, Kampondeni S, Potchen M, Kim K, Jaworowski A, Taylor T, Mandala W, Seydel K, Rogerson S Brain Swelling is Independent of Peripheral Plasma Cytokine Levels in Malawian Children with Cerebral Malaria Malar J. 17(1) : 435, 2018.
  • Kim K. The Epigenome, Cell Cycle, and Development in Toxoplasma. Annual review of microbiology. , 2018.
  • Kessler A, Campo JJ, Harawa V, Mandala WL, Rogerson SJ, Mowrey WB, Seydel KB, Kim K. Convalescent Plasmodium falciparum-specific seroreactivity does not correlate with paediatric malaria severity or Plasmodium antigen exposure Malar J. 17(1) : 178, 2018.
  • Madaline TF, Hochman SE, Seydel KB, Liomba A, Saidi A, Matebule G, Mowrey WB, O''Hare B, Milner DA Jr, Kim K Rapid Diagnostic Testing of Hospitalized Malawian Children Reveals Opportunities for Improved HIV Diagnosis and Treatment Am J Trop Med Hyg. 97(6) : 1929-1935, 2017.
  • Kessler A, Dankwa S, Bernabeu M, Harawa V, Danziger SA, Duffy F, Kampondeni SD, Potchen MJ, Dambrauskas N, Vigdorovich V, Oliver BG, Hochman SE, Mowrey WB, MacCormick I, Mandala WL, Rogerson SJ, Sather DN, Aitchison JD, Taylor TE, Seydel KB, Smith JD, Kim K. Linking EPCR-binding PfEMP-1 to brain swelling in pediatric cerebral malaria Cell Host Microbe. 22(5) : 601-614, 2017.
  • Ames RY, Ting LM, Gendlina I, Kim K, Macian F The Transcription Factor NFAT1 Participates in the Induction of CD4(+) T Cell Functional Exhaustion during Plasmodium yoelii Infection Infect Immun. 85(9) , 2017.
  • Naumov A, Kratzer S, Ting LM, Kim K, Suvorova ES, White M The Toxoplasma Centrocone Houses Cell Cycle Regulatory Factors MBio. 8(4) , 2017.
  • Yakubu RR, Silmon de Monerri NC, Nieves E, Kim K, Weiss L Comparative Monomethylarginine Proteomics Suggests that Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1(PRMT1) is a Significant Contributor to Arginine Monomethylation in Toxoplasma gondii Mol Cell Proteomics. 16(4) : 567-580, 2017.
  • Wijetunga NA, Johnston AD, Maekawa R, Delahaye F, Ulahannan N, Kim K, Greally J SMITE: an R/Bioconductor package that identifies network modules by integrating genomic and epigenomic information BMC Bioinformatics. 18(1) : 41, 2017.