Ha Won Kim

Associate Professor

Ha Won Kim

Associate 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, Other Kyoto University, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • 2021

  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2018

  • 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 6300

    Career Paths in Med
  • VBIO 8010

    Methods in Cardiovascular Rese

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • ATIC-Associated De Novo Purine Synthesis Is Critically Involved in Proliferative Arterial Disease., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Sex-Dependent Role of Adipose Tissue HDAC9 in Diet-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Perivascular adipose tissue in autoimmune rheumatic diseases., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Role of prostaglandin D2 receptors in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm formation., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Obesity and the Bidirectional Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases in African Americans: Disparity vs. Ancestry., 2021
    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

College Service

  • IACUC 2021 - Present

Professional Service

  • Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 2022 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Frontiers in Endocrinology 2021 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Vessel Plus 2021 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine 2021 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor