Dr. Kong is a board-certified Dermatologist and currently directs a research program that includes clinical and translational investigations on the human microbiome and inflammatory skin diseases. After training in Dermatology at Duke University, she completed a clinical research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and the Duke-NIH Masters Program in Clinical Research. Dr. Kong became an Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2007 and an Investigator in the Dermatology Branch in 2011. Dr. Kong is an attending physician on the NIH Dermatology Consultation Service.

Research Statement

Dr. Kong studies the human microbiome and its roles in health and disease, particularly in inflammatory skin diseases.  Dr. Kong has advanced the understanding of the complexity of microbial communities of human skin in healthy individuals and patients with atopic dermatitis and several primary immunodeficiency syndromes with associated eczematous skin. Dr. Kong combines clinical/translational research expertise with advanced genomic technologies to study skin microbes to gain insights into the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and to identify potential therapeutics for patients with this disease. She has active clinical studies for health volunteers and patients with atopic dermatitis.

Scientific Publications

Jo JH, Deming C, Kennedy EA, Conlan S, Polley EC, Ng WL, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Segre JA*, Kong HH*. (2016)
Oh J^, Byrd A^, Park M, NISC, Kong HH*, Segre JA*. (2016)
Oh J, Byrd AL, Deming C, Conlan S, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Kong HH*, Segre JA*. (2014)
Oh J, Freeman AF, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Park M, Sokolic R, Candotti F, Holland SM, Segre JA*, Kong HH* (2013)
Findley K, Oh J, Yang J, Conlan S, Deming C, Meyer JA, Schoenfeld D, Nomicos E, Park M, NISC, Kong HH*, Segre JA* (2013)
Oh J, Conlan S, Polley E, Segre JA*, Kong HH* (2012)
Human Microbiome Project Consortium. (2012).
Human Microbiome Project Consortium. (2012)
Kong HH, Oh J, Deming C, Conlan S, Grice EA, Beatson MA, Nomicos E, Polley E, Komarow HD, NISC, Murray PR, Turner ML, Segre JA. (2012).


Stanford University, B.S., Biological Sciences

Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. (Honors)

Duke University, M.H.Sc.


Residency, Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center

Clinical Research Fellowship, Dermatology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

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