Ha Won Kim

Assistant Professor

Ha Won Kim

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Cardiology


Dr. Kim is a cardiovascular scientist with background of cell/molecular biology. He received MSc and PhD in Health Science/Biotechnology from Kyoto University, Japan and completed postdoctoral training at Emory University (Cardiology) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Cardiology and Pharmacology), followed by research faculty at the University of Cincinnati (Pathology, Cardiovascular Center).

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  • Ph.D., Food Science and Technology, O Kyoto University, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • ATVB Early Career Networking Reception for Top-rated abstract American Heart Association, 2015

  • Selected for “Gallery of Excellence", All-Star Scientific Session University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center Research Week, 2013

  • Selected for “Hot Topics in Cardiovascular Science” American Heart Association Scientific Session 2012, 2013

  • Top-rated Abstract (two years in a row) AHA Scientific Session 2013, 2013

  • Top-rated Abstract AHA Scientific Session 2012, 2012

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOL 4990

    Undergrad Research
  • VBIO 9010

    Seminar in Vascular Bio
  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I

Teaching Interests

Vascular biology, Adipose biology, Stem cell biology, non-coding RNA biology.


Selected Recent Publications

  • A single high-fat meal provokes pathological erythrocyte remodeling and increases myeloperoxidase levels: implications for acute coronary syndrome., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Electrical Stimulation Enhances Cardiac Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Myocardial Infarction Therapy., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Deletion of the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) promotes insulin resistance and adipose tissue inflammation during high fat feeding., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Role of myeloperoxidase in abdominal aortic aneurysm formation: mitigation by taurine., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Role of Perivascular Adipose Tissue in Non-atherosclerotic Vascular Disease., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Dr. Kim’s research is focused on vascular biology to understand the role of oxidative stress and inflammation signaling in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). In particular, he investigates the role of myeloperoxidase and NADPH oxidases during AAA formation by using different animal models of AAA (angiotensin II, elastase, calcium chloride) in genetically modified animals. Another research focus is to investigate the epigenetic regulatory mechanisms of adipose dysfunction in diet-induced obesity, with emphasis on histone deacetylase 9 (HDAC9). HDAC9 expression is increased in adipose tissue during high fat diet, and he examines whether adipocyte-specific HDAC9 gene deletion attenuates atherosclerosis and obesity-related cardiometabolic disease.