Sung Wan Kim, PhD

Research Interests

  • Medical polymers
  • Polymeric drug delivery systems
  • Polymeric gene carriers
  • Design of functional, bioactive and biospecific polymers for cells and gene delivery
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Hydrogels and stimuli sensitive polymers
  • Thrombus formation on polymer surfaces
  • Polymer surface modification


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Distinguished Professor
  • Cancer Center Programs: Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-6801
  • Biomedical Polymers Research Bldg
    20 S 2030 E, Room: 205A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Sung Wan Kim is currently a Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering. He is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics program. He was Director of the Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery at the University of Utah from 1985-2006. He received his B.S. and M.S. at Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Utah (under Professor Henry Eyring). Dr. Kim is a pioneer in drug delivery research and has engaged in his research since 1974 in the areas of hydrogels, biodegradable drug conjugates, self-regulating drug delivery and stimuli sensitive polymers to selectively target cancer cells. He also worked extensively in medical polymers, especially blood compatible polymers. Dr. Kim’s present research includes design of novel polymers for the delivery of protein drugs, cells and genes in anticancer therapy. Dr. Kim has received numerous awards; among them are the Research Achievement Award-Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (2004), Rosenblatt Prize (2003), Ho-Am Prize (2003), AACP Volwiler Award (2002), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Dale Wurster Award (1998), the Controlled Release Society (CRS) Founders Award (1995), and the Clemson Basic Biomaterials Award (1987). These awards are the highest scientific awards from their respective societies. He is the Founder and served as Co-Chairman of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Drug Delivery, Salt Lake City, UT, 1983-2005. In 2006, Dr. Kim received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Twente. From 2004 to present, Dr. Kim is a Hanyang Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University.Dr. Kim has published over 500 papers and owns 29 U.S. Patents. He has trained over 130 scientists from 10 countries. DR. KIM HAS BEEN ELECTED TO TWO U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMIES: THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE (1999) AND THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (2003).

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Training University of Utah
Postdoctoral Training
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Graduate Training Seoul National University
Physical Chemistry
Undergraduate Seoul National University

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Graduate Training Seoul National University
Physical Chemistry
M.S. Korea
Undergraduate Seoul National University
B.S. Korea