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

  • 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

  • HONR 4000H

    Honors Thesis
  • VBIO 8010

    Methods in Cardiovascular Rese

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • Macrophage immunometabolism in perivascular adipose tissue., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Niacin protects against abdominal aortic aneurysm formation via GPR109A independent mechanisms: role of NAD+/nicotinamide., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Perivascular Adipose Tissue and Vascular Perturbation/Atherosclerosis., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Profiling of Histone Modifications Reveals Epigenomic Dynamics During Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation in Mouse Models., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Potential role of perivascular adipose tissue in modulating atherosclerosis., 2020
    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

  • 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