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Jane J. Kim, MD

Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC)

Assistant Professor, UCSD Department of Pediatrics
phone: 858-534-8228


Dr. Jane Kim is an assistant professor at UCSD’s Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist in the UCSD Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. Her medical education began at the University of Toronto, followed by a pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Committed to pursuing endocrine research that integrates molecular biology, genetics and medicine, Dr. Kim moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Headquarters. There, Dr. Kim complete her pediatric endocrinology fellowship. To gain additional expertise in diabetes research, Dr. Kim did her postdoctoral research training at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University, New York. Dr. Kim joined the UCSD faculty at the School of Medicine in 2004.


Dr. Kim's clinical translational research aims to identify genes and metabolites that influence the development of diabetes and its complications, in particular kidney disease. For these studies she profiles blood, urine and stool samples from large numbers of patients with T1D. The goal of this work is to identify subtypes of diabetes and ultimately tailor more effective treatment for each individual child to prevent complications. 


Chen K, Jih A, Osborn O, Kavaler ST, Fu W, Sasik R, Saito R, Kim JJ. Distinct gene signatures predict insulin resistance in young mice with high fat diet-induced obesity. Physiol Genomics. 2018 Jan 8. PMID: 29341863

Soontornniyomkij V, Kesby JP, Soontornniyomkij B, Kim JJ, Kisseleva T, Achim CL, Semenova S, Jeste DV. Age and High-Fat Diet Effects on Glutamine Synthetase Immunoreactivity in Liver and Hippocampus and Recognition Memory in Mice. Current Aging Science. 2016 Apr 13. PMID: 27071478.

Dual actions of a novel bifunctional compound to lower glucose in mice with diet-induced insulin resistance. Chen K, Jih A, Kavaler ST, Lagakos WS, Oh D, Watkins SM, Kim JJ. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Aug 1. PMID: 26058862