Dr. Shim is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UCSF. Her research lies at the intersections of the sociology of health and illness, science/technology/medicine, and social inequality. Dr. Shim is interested in tracing the relationships between conceptions of risk and difference, the organization of biomedical science and clinical practice, and broader social and cultural trends. Research foci include health inequalities, expert and lay knowledge of disease causation, and knowledge production in biomedicine, public health, and population sciences. Currently, she is conducting qualitative studies of the use of race and ethnicity in gene-environment interaction research on complex diseases, and the role of cultural capital in health care interactions.