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

  • VBIO 8010

    Methods in Cardiovascular Rese

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) regulates adipocyte lipid metabolism independent of adipogenic differentiation: role of apolipoprotein E., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Modification of Cardiac Progenitor Cell-Derived Exosomes by miR-322 Provides Protection against Myocardial Infarction through Nox2-Dependent Angiogenesis., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Remote Effects of Transplanted Perivascular Adipose Tissue on Endothelial Function and Atherosclerosis., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Understanding Obesity-Related Cardiovascular Disease: It's All About Balance., 2018
  • A single high-fat meal provokes pathological erythrocyte remodeling and increases myeloperoxidase levels: implications for acute coronary syndrome., 2018
    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.

Department Service

  • Postdoc evaluation committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • VBC Jounral Club 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Metabolic vascular disease meeting 2014 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting