Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim

Visiting Professor

Dennis Kim considers the relationship between animals and their microbial environment — specifically, how bacteria influence the behavior and physiology of the simple animal host C. elegans.





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  • MD/PhD, 1997, Harvard University

Research Summary

We are interested in how microbes influence host physiology to shape the evolution of multicellular life. We investigate these processes in Caenorhabditis elegans, a simple animal host. We take a molecular genetic approach to study host physiology, as well as the evolutionarily conserved signaling nexus of innate immunity, stress physiology and aging. The Kim lab at MIT is no longer accepting students.

Recent Publications

  1. Global transcriptional regulation of innate immunity by ATF-7 in C. elegans. Fletcher, M, Tillman, EJ, Butty, VL, Levine, SS, Kim, DH. 2019. PLoS Genet. 15, e1007830.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007830PMID:30789901
  2. Bacterial Siderophores Promote Animal Host Iron Acquisition and Growth. Kim, DH. 2018. Cell 175, 311-312.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.09.020PMID:30290138
  3. Endoplasmic Reticulum Homeostasis Is Modulated by the Forkhead Transcription Factor FKH-9 During Infection of Caenorhabditis elegans. Tillman, EJ, Richardson, CE, Cattie, DJ, Reddy, KC, Lehrbach, NJ, Droste, R, Ruvkun, G, Kim, DH. 2018. Genetics 210, 1329-1337.
    doi: 10.1534/genetics.118.301450PMID:30287474
  4. PDF-1 neuropeptide signaling regulates sexually dimorphic gene expression in shared sensory neurons of C. elegans. Hilbert, ZA, Kim, DH. 2018. Elife 7, .
    doi: 10.7554/eLife.36547PMID:30024377
  5. Molecular Determinants of the Regulation of Development and Metabolism by Neuronal eIF2α Phosphorylation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Kulalert, W, Sadeeshkumar, H, Zhang, YK, Schroeder, FC, Kim, DH. 2017. Genetics 206, 251-263.
    doi: 10.1534/genetics.117.200568PMID:28292919
  6. Sexually dimorphic control of gene expression in sensory neurons regulates decision-making behavior in C. elegans. Hilbert, ZA, Kim, DH. 2017. Elife 6, .
    doi: 10.7554/eLife.21166PMID:28117661
  7. Age-Dependent Neuroendocrine Signaling from Sensory Neurons Modulates the Effect of Dietary Restriction on Longevity of Caenorhabditis elegans. Fletcher, M, Kim, DH. 2017. PLoS Genet. 13, e1006544.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006544PMID:28107363
  8. Mutations in Nonessential eIF3k and eIF3l Genes Confer Lifespan Extension and Enhanced Resistance to ER Stress in Caenorhabditis elegans. Cattie, DJ, Richardson, CE, Reddy, KC, Ness-Cohn, EM, Droste, R, Thompson, MK, Gilbert, WV, Kim, DH. 2016. PLoS Genet. 12, e1006326.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006326PMID:27690135
  9. IRE1 Sulfenylation by Reactive Oxygen Species Coordinates Cellular Stress Signaling. Kim, DH. 2016. Mol. Cell 63, 541-542.
    doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.08.003PMID:27540852
  10. Inhibition of Lithium-Sensitive Phosphatase BPNT-1 Causes Selective Neuronal Dysfunction in C. elegans. Meisel, JD, Kim, DH. 2016. Curr. Biol. 26, 1922-8.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.050PMID:27397889
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