Shown below are excerpts from a translation of the article that originally appeared in the Chosun Ilbo in Korean.
Jerome Kim, Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), has been named as a distinguished professor at Seoul National University, it was reported on Sunday. As a Korean American, Kim is considered a preeminent scholar in the field of infectious diseases and virus research. He is also a descendant of an independence fighter for Korea. With the appointment of him as a distinguished professor, SNU plans to pay more intention to virus and vaccine research at the school.
SNU held a faculty personnel committee meeting on May 12 and decided to appoint Kim as a visiting distinguished professor in the Department of Life Sciences at the College of Natural Sciences. A SNU official said, “The appointment process, including verification, has been effectively completed, and the SNU president only needs to sign.” SNU Distinguished Professor is a position given to scholars who have accomplished outstanding academic achievements at home and abroad or those with international reputation.
Director General Kim is considered a vaccine development expert and a world-class scholar in the field of viruses and infectious diseases. He is a third-generation Korean (American) who was born in Hawaii, and his Korean name is Kim Han-sik. After graduating from Yale University School of Medicine, he worked as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences of the U.S. and has served as IVI Director General since 2015. A SNU Professor said, “In the field of infectious diseases, Director General Kim is comparable to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the U.S., who is the ‘White House commander for disease control’ in the US.”
He is also a grandson of the late Kim Hyun-cu, who moved to the US during the Japanese colonial period to fight for Korea’s independence. The late Mr. Kim, as the editor-in-chief of ‘Shinhan Minbo’, inspired the national spirit of Koreans in the Americas, conducted diplomatic activities for the independence movement, and supported independence struggles by patriots Yoon Bong-gil and Lee Bong-chang.
With the appointment of Director General Kim as a distinguished professor, SNU expects that research on infectious diseases will be developed one step further. As a world-class scholar, Kim will be able to suggest direction for SNU throughout the research. In addition, the university plans to strengthen cooperation with IVI, where Director General Kim is serving. IVI was established in Gwanak-gu, Seoul in 1997 for the mission of ‘eradicating infectious diseases in developing countries’ and has been mainly responsible for promoting research and development and delivery of vaccines for developing countries. SNU is also strengthening research in this field in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and established a virus research center last March. In addition, SNU is also planning to arrange classes wherein Director General Kim will be teaching students from the second semester.
Read the original article in Korean: https://www.chosun.com/national/national_general/2022/05/16/HDFA5SGTHBC6RKQINUGSDCQHYM