Brian S Kim MD, MTR, FAADAssociate Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Anesthesiology, and Pathology and Immunology; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Itch; Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Brian Kim is Associate Professor of Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Pathology and Immunology, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His laboratory focuses on innate immune mechanisms that underlie skin inflammation and the sensation of itch. Specifically, the Kim Lab identified previously unrecognized contributions of group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) and basophils to the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD). These cells have emerged as critical sources of the type 2 cytokines IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13, which are now among the most important targets for biologic therapy in AD and other allergic disorders. Current studies in the Kim Lab are aimed at better understanding how innate immune cells and pro-inflammatory mediators specifically regulate the sensation of itch. These studies have broad therapeutic implications for numerous medical disorders that manifest as chronic itch. His research on the immune regulation of AD has led to awards and funding from the National Institutes of Health, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American Skin Association, American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.