Efrem Lim

Biodesign Institute, BDA 320B
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Efrem Lim is a virologist who uses the tools of virus discovery to study host-virus interactions in human health and disease. The Lim lab studies interactions and evolution of the human virome in development and immunity.

The Lim lab integrates molecular virology and bioinformatic approaches to understand 1) how the virome shapes the trajectory of infant development, 2) how mother-infant relationships impact the virome and microbiome in HIV disease settings, 3) how metagenomic changes induced by immunosuppression affect transplant outcome, and 4) how viruses temper the homeostasis of the urinary tract in urinary disease.

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



PhD, University of Washington


Research Activity

4 R00 DK107923 (Lim)     09/16/2017 – 08/31/2020
NIH/NIDDK     The Virome and Microbiome in Health and BK Disease of Kidney Transplant Patients

1 R01 HD092311 (Lehman/Lim)     09/06/2017 – 06/30/2022
NIH/NICHD     Maternal-infant virome transmission: the role of HIV and antiretroviral therapy


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


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

Class is offered in Spring 2018.
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 HIV, ebola, influenza, SARS, measles and others. 

Course schedule and other information:



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


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