KYCOM welcomes new Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences

The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently welcomed new Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Malgorzata (Margaret) Simm, Ph.D., MSc., in November 2019.  

Simm earned a master’s degree in microbiology from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, and Ph.D., in microbiology from Children’s Memorial Health Institute and AKM Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Warsaw, Poland. She completed her postdoctoral studies in virology in the Department of Pathology at Columbia University, New York. After receiving the extramural research funding, she was offered a faculty position with the same department at Columbia University. 

During her 23-year tenure at Columbia University, she advanced in academic ranks and dedicated her time to biomedical research and training medical students. Simm organized a competitive research program in immunology, providing training opportunities for students and postdoctoral scientists. Her research program concluded in the discovery and characterization of a novel inhibitor of HIV long terminal repeat transcription. 

In addition to her tenure at Columbia University, she held a faculty position in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. She also served as an adjunct professor of cell biology and microbiology at other medical schools. Throughout her notable career, Simm, published in high ranking peer-reviewed journals, submitted several novel gene sequences in the GenBank database, and secured an international patent. She gave a leading voice in multicenter and international projects. She served as an honorary senior lecturer and tutor for molecular biology and microbiology at several universities in the U.S. and Canada. 

Simm is a member of various special emphasis review panels at National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases in the U.S., and the Agence Nationale De La Recherche in France. She is a member of the editorial board in several peer-reviewed journals, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Columbia-Rockefeller Center for AIDS Research and Harvey Society.

Simm felt enthusiastic about visiting Pikeville to interview with KYCOM after reviewing UPIKE’s website and seeing the picturesque location and learning about the history of the university and their ambitions to grow as an academic institution.  

“It was love at first sight,” said Simm. “The university’s leadership, faculty and staff are very friendly and involved in continuous academic development.”