Marie Kim is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program for Immunology. She earned her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Biomedical Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. She matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa to complete both her MD and PhD degrees. Her current research interests lie in therapeutic vaccine design. Her thesis works on the treatment of human malignancy. Her goal is to work with converting patterns of disease from the clinic into mechanisms of pathology in the lab, further influencing clinical therapies for patients.