Assistant Professor

Dr. Hong is a family nurse practitioner with PhD training in TB research. She is dedicated to using her academic training, clinical practice, and research experience to develop diagnostics and preventive strategies for TB. Her passion for improving TB care started in 2006 when she traveled to Cambodia. She visited a TB center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, and found that tremendous numbers of people were dying from TB—an easily treatable and preventable disease in developed countries—because of inadequate public health resources. She came to understand that extensive community health care can save a large number of lives; since that time, she has been very interested in discovering sustainable ways to help large numbers of people obtain the care they need to thrive.

“To reduce the risk of infectious disease and optimize treatment outcomes, I will continue to chase where we believe the cutting edge of the science is.”


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
  • MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
  • BSN, Pusan National University, 2006