Sanggu Kim


Associate Professor

Contact (614) 292-6524 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
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Veterinary Biosciences

Center For Retrovirus Research

Professional Training and experience

  • Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Assistant Researcher, UCLA MIMG
  • Postdoctoral Training: UCLA AIDS Institute
  • PhD: UCLA Biomedical Engineering

Research Overview

Research in the Kim laboratory focuses on systems-level analysis of the immunological processes and pathogen evolution that occurs in cell and gene therapy settings, particularly HIV/AIDS and cancer treatment. We develop novel genomics and systems-biology tools and employ conventional as well as cutting-edge research tools to better understand the interactions between host systems and pathogens and the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these events.

Single-RNA and nucleotide-resolution analysis of m6A modifications on HIV-1 RNA using Nanopore sequencing and oligonucleotide LC-MS/MS.

  • Baek et al. 2024, Nature Microbiology (Accepted)
  • Baek et al. 2024, Methods Protoc

HIV-1 pathogenesis and cellular dynamics analysis at the single-cell and single-virus level in animal models of HIV-1 gene therapy.

Systems-level, multi-organ evaluation of T-cell dynamics after T-cell depletion.

 Research Interests

  • Clonal HSPC and T-cell dynamics in HIV-1 gene therapy
  • Virus-host interactions
  • HIV-1 RNA post-transcriptional modifications

 Current Research Support

  • 2018 – 2023 NHGRI R01 (PI: Kim) “On-site, high-fidelity target sequencing and absolute quantitation for HIV-1 surveillance”
  • 2019 – 2023 DOE (PI: Sullivan; Co-I: Kim) “Virus in soils: key modulators of microbiomes and nutrient cycling?”

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Human Genetics

Editorial Positions and Referee Activities

  • 2022 – Review Editor, Frontier in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (Frontiers)
  • 2022 – Reviewer, Frontier Medicine (Frontiers)
  • 2022 – Reviewer, mBio (American Society for Microbiology)
  • 2020 – Reviewer, Nature Biotechnology (Springer Nature)    
  • 2020 – Reviewer, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (Marry Ann Liebert)
  • 2019 – Reviewer, Virology Journal (Springer)
  • 2019 – Grant Reviewer, NIH Novel Genomic Technology Development Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1 GGG-T [50])
  • 2017 – Grant reviewer, Amfar ARCHE-GT grant (the foundation for AIDS Research)
  • 2016 – Reviewer, Archives of Virology (Springer)
  • 2008 – Reviewer, Virology (Elservier)
  • 2007 – Reviewer, Journal of Virology (American Society for Microbiology)   

Awards and Honors

2017 – 2020   

  • American Society of Hematology Scholar Award
    ASH scholar award is “One of ASH’s most prestigious award programs” providing $150,000 for junior faculty over three-year period.  

2012 – 2020

  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (1K99HL116234)


  • Young Investigator Award, the International Antiviral Society-USA, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections,


  • Palm Springs Symposium on HIV/AIDS - Travel Award


  • California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Scholarship Award


  • Stem Cell Engineering & Cell Therapy - Travel Award. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

2008 – 2009

  • UCLA AIDS Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 – 2007

  • UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship Award


  • American Society of Microbiology - Travel Award.


Research Articles