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Efrem Lim

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6101
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6101
Biography: 

Efrem Lim is a virologist who studies the human virome in health and disease. The virome is the diverse community of viruses harbored in and on humans, some of which cause disease while others are commensal. The Lim lab is particularly interested in understanding the interactions of the human virome in development and immunity. While most microbiome studies focus on bacteria, his interdisciplinary group sheds light on how viruses shape host-microbiome interactions.

The Lim lab integrates molecular virology and bioinformatics approaches in clinical cohorts to understand:

  1. how the virome impacts the trajectory of infant development
  2. the role of microbiome interactions in disease

Their research is being used in precision medicine that personalizes the prevention and treatment of diseases to individuals.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lim lab has led research efforts to understand and prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission. This includes next-generation sequencing studies of SARS-CoV-2 to identify transmission patterns and functional studies to characterize virus mutations in clinical isolates.

https://viromelab.org/

Education: 

PhD, University of Washington

Research Interests: 

Virome, Microbiome, SARS-CoV-2

Publications: 
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 220Biology of Microorganisms
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 220Biology of Microorganisms
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 220Biology of Microorganisms
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 220Biology of Microorganisms
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
Presentations: 

MIC 494/BIO 494 - Human Pathogenic Viruses and Infectious Diseases (3.0 credits)

Class is offered in the Spring semesters.
Tues, Thur. 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm.
Location to be determined (Tempe campus).

Course description: Students will learn basic and advanced concepts in medical virology. The major emphasis will be on significant human diseases caused by viral pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, ebola, influenza, measles and others. 

 

MIC 220 - Biology of Microorganisms (3.0 credits)

Class is offered in Fall and Spring semesters (I teach the Fall courses)
Mon, Wed. 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm.
Location to be deteremined (Tempe campus).

Course description: Introductory microbiology for students majoring in the life sciences. Detailed study of microbial cells, their structure, genetics, physiology and taxonomy.

 

Course schedule and other information:
https://viromelab.org/courses/

 

Honors / Awards: 

2016            NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
2013 - 2016    The Eli & Edythe Broad Fellowship, Life Sciences Research Foundation
2011 - 2012    Helen Riaboff Whiteley Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Washington, Dept. of Microbiology
2009 - 2011    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Interdisciplinary Training Fellowship
2010            Young Investigator Award. 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)
2009            Neal B. Groman Teaching Award, University of Washington Dept. of Microbiology, Seattle, WA

Editorships: 

Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
Topic Editorial Board, Viruses
Young Investigator Editorial Board, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
 

Professional Associations: 

American Society for Virology, Program Planning Committee

Service: 

Division Lead, Arizona Wellbeing Commons - Viruses, Immunity, Microbiomes and Infectious Diseases