Esser-Kahn Group

Jeremiah Kim

Growing up in the north suburbs of Chicago, Jeremiah ventured slightly south to obtain a BA/MS in Chemistry at Northwestern University where he studied under Emily Weiss and Andrew Lee. As a Wildcat, he investigated how to develop Quantum Dot sensors of pH and acetylation. After graduating in 2019, he was drawn slightly more south to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and pivoted towards an immuno-engineering path due to a desire to solve real world problems. In the Esser-Kahn lab, he works to discover novel adjuvants that will be able to decrease inflammation and increase the efficacy of vaccines. In his free time, he loves to hang out with friends and eat!



Northwestern University; Evanston, IL; 2019

Professor Emily Weiss and Professor Andrew Lee



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~ Jojen Reed


Scientific Hero:

Rintaro Okabe

Jeremiah is working on a high throughput project identifying small molecule immunomodulators that can selectively activate or inhibit specific immunological pathways. These will be used as novel adjuvants that aid vaccines, whether by decreasing inflammation or by increasing the efficacy of vaccines. In particular, he is looking to test the best immunomodulators so that we can create new and improved vaccines for the flu and for COVID-19.