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Peter Kim

Title: Senior Scientist, Cell Biology
Designations: PhD
Phone: 416-813-5983
Alternate Contact Name: Chloe Carreiro
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 308811
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry


Dr. Kim is a senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Kim received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and completed a PhD, in Biochemistry at McMaster University in 2003. He then continued his training as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda MD in the laboratory of Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz.

In 2009, Dr. Kim was recruited to The Hospital for Sick Children where he established a laboratory to study the mechanisms that regulate metabolic organelles and their role in childhood diseases.   


The human cell contains small compartments called organelles. Each organelle carries out specialized activities such as producing energy to breaking down toxins that are essential for the proper function of the cell.  

Dr. Kim focuses on understanding how the cell maintains the numbers and functions of organelles. The primary focus of his research is to understand how two metabolic organelles, Peroxisomes and Mitochondria that makings and breakings down fats, are maintained by the cell. 

Using high and super-resolution microscopy combined with genetic tools, Dr. Kim’s laboratory is studying the mechanisms that control these two organelles and how defects in these mechanisms lead to various diseases from genetic disorders to severe malnutrition.   


  • 1989-1993: B.Sc., Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 
  • 1994-2003: PhD, Department of Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. 
  • 2003-2008: Post-Doctoral Fellow. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Health, Bethesda MD. USA.  


  • 2009-2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 
  • 2009-2015: Scientist, Cell Biology Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.


  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation,  
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR),  
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) 
  • Banting & Best Diabetes Centre 
  • Ontario Research Fund  
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