Research and Professional Experience
Dr. Hong is a molecular epidemiologist with extensive experience in epidemiology and molecular genetics. Her research is to incorporate molecular genetic technology with epidemiologic design to systematically investigate the environmental factors, nutritional biomarkers, genetic variants, and epigenetic alterations and their interactions associated with complex human diseases including preterm birth, osteoporosis, obesity and metabolic syndromes. She also has vast experience in data management and statistical analyses. Over the past 6 years, she has worked closely with Dr. Wang and her team, serving as data manager, statistician and/or co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded studies. Dr. Wang's current work mainly focuses on the investigation of inflammatory- and obesity- related biomarkers (such as CRP, IL-6, TNF alpha, leptin, adiponectin, and insulin) and tests for gene-environment interactions and epigenomic modification in complex diseases. She has authored and co-authored over 35 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals; some of them have appeared in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Publications: For a detailed list of my publications, please see the Center Publications list.