Kimberly Fake, M.S.



Kim began her career interested in wildlife medicine, but soon found herself fascinated by the world of research. Her first exposure to research was as a research assistant in the Samson Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she studied tissue damage caused by chemotherapeutic treatments. Still, her passions remained with wildlife, and as such, she pursued a second Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management.

Kim’s master’s research focused on how nutrition of migratory birds affects their physiology and resistance to disease. Migratory birds must make long journeys between breeding and wintering habitats and frequently stop to forage and refuel along the way. The quantity and quality of food available at stopover is very important to the survival of birds during this period and can have significant effects on their physiology and health.

At Lincoln Park Zoo, Kim works in both the Davee Center for Endocrinology & Epidemiology and the Urban Wildlife Institute. This means that her research focuses equally on the ecology of wildlife in urban spaces and understanding the health issues and stress these species endure in this environment.


  • Allocca, M., Corrigan, J. J., Mazumder, A., Fake, K. R., & Samson, L. D.   2019. Inflammation, Necrosis and RIP3 are Key Mediators of AAG-dependent Alkylation-induced Retinal Degeneration. Science Signaling, 12(568), eaau9216.
  • Fake, K. R.   2018. Importance of nutritional status of passerines to immunity and disease dynamics. Michigan State University, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
  • Allocca, M., Corrigan, J. J., Fake, K. R., Calvo, J. A., & Samson, L. D. 2017. PARP inhibitors protect against sex- and AAG-dependent alkylation-induced neural degeneration. Oncotarget, 8(40), 68707–68720.
  • Calvo, J. A., Allocca, M., Fake, K. R., Muthupalani, S., Corrigan, J. J., Bronson, R. T., & Samson, L. D. 2016. Parp1 protects against Aag-dependent alkylation-induced nephrotoxicity in a sex-dependent manner. Oncotarget, 7(29), 44950–44965.