Baek Kim, PhD, RPh Founder/CEO

Dr. Baek Kim is Professor, Schinazi Family Distinguished Professor in Biomedical Research, and Director of Pediatrics Center for Drug Discovery in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). He is also a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Research Scholar. Dr. Kim graduated from Kyung-Hee University (Seoul, South Korea) with an RPh degree and graduated from the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) with a PhD in Biochemistry. He completed his postdoctoral training in Virology and Biochemistry (HIV-1) at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington). He started his independent research on HIV-1 and other infectious pathogens including influenza virus at the University of Rochester Medical Center (Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Rochester, New York) and was promoted to full professor. Dr. Kim moved to Emory University in 2013 and continues his research on HIV-1 and other infectious viral pathogens. His current research activities in Emory University include molecular biology, enzymology, protein chemistry, structural biology, and evolution of HIV-1 proteins and enzymes as well as host factors. Recently, he is also involved in research activities on the replication machinery and evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Kim served as both regular and ad hoc members in various NIH grant review study sections for more than 15 years, and he also conducted various external consultation activities for both pharmaceutical industry and non-profit sectors. Dr. Kim also served as a visiting professor/researcher in multiple international research institutes including Deakin University (School of Medicine: Geelong, Australia), Kyung-Hee University (School of Pharmacy: Seoul, South Korea), and Institute of Human Genetics (Montpellier, France).