Dr. Kim Wise joined the JCVI Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy team in 2012 as a Senior Scientist, where he has pursued strategies to minimize and reconstruct synthetic bacterial genomes based on a naturally-occurring mycoplasmal prototype lacking a cell wall. He is particularly interested in understanding membrane dynamics, rudimentary requirements for division, and energy pathways in the context of minimal cellular life.
Kim is concurrently Emeritus Professor at the University of Missouri, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, where he has spent several years (since 1980) studying mycoplasma biology, comparative genomics and the consequences of localized genomic instabilities and mobile elements that promote cell surface variation within populations. Prior to entering this field, he acquired training in virology and membrane protein biochemistry during postdoctoral studies at the University of Zürich and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA). He holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California and a BS degree in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University.