Yoon Kong
Yoon Kong PhD
Professor: Graduate Program, Research Area, Laboratory, E-mail, Tel
Graduate Program Infection & Immunity
Research Area Parasitic diseases
Laboratory Laboratory of Tropical Medicine Laboratory
Tel +82-31-299-6251, 6261
Education & Careers
  • 1981 - 1987: MD, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
    1987 - 1988: Internship, Chung-Ang University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
    1988 - 1993: PhD, Department of Parasitology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
    1993 &8211 1995: Instructor, Department of Parasitology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
    1995 - 1997: Senior Research Scientist, Biomedical Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea
    1997 - present: Assistant Professor - Professor, Department of Molecular Parasitology, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
    2000 - 2001: Visiting Scientist, Department of Molecular Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
    2002 &8211 2007: Program Director, Anti-Communicable Diseases Program, Korea Centers for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea
    2006-2012 Guest Professor, Wuhan University, Medical School, China
    2009 &8211 present: Editorial Board Member, Parasitology International.
    2013 - present: Member, National Academy of Medicine of Korea (NAMOK), Republic of Korea.
    2020 &8211 present: Editorial Board Member, PLoS One.

Research Interest
Dr. Kong is a molecular parasitologist interested in fundamental questions of how and why parasites adapt to the sophisticated mammalian immune system and how the parasite exploits their bioactive systems to ensure their long-term survival in the unfavorable host environments. His laboratory focuses on the tissue-invasive helminths that cause fatal outcome in the victims. The central questions his group addresses are (i) which molecules manipulate the host immune system to invoke specific antibody responses? (ii) what parasite molecules are responsible for adaptation into the host? (iii) action mechanism of parasitic bioactive molecules in the host and molecular interaction between parasite molecules and host cells. Most of his publications dealt with these issues. His group has deep interests in characterizing biological and pathophysiological roles of antioxidants and proteolytic enzymes during host-parasite interplay.
Representative Research Achievements
  • 1. Kim JG, Ahn CS, Kim SH, Bae YA, Kwon NY, Kang I, Yang HJ, Sohn WM, Kong Y. (2016) Clonorchis sinensis omega-class glutathione transferases play major roles in the protection of the reproductive system during maturation and the response to oxidative stress. Parasite Vectors 9:337.

    2. Ahn CS, Kim JG, Han X, Bae YA, Park WJ, Kang I, Wang H, Kong Y. (2017) Biochemical characterization of Echinococcus multilocularis antigen B3 reveals insight into adaptation and maintenance of parasitic homeostasis at the host-parasite interface. J Proteome Res 16(2):806-823.

    3. Ahn CS, Kim JG, Shin MH, Lee YA, Kong Y. (2018) Comparison of secretome profile of pathogenic and non-pathogenic Entamoeba histolytica. Proteomics 18(7):e170034.1

    4. Kim JG, Ahn CS, Sripa B, Eom KS, Kang I, Sohn WM, Nawa Y, Kong Y. (2019) Clonorchis sinensis omega-class glutathione transferases are reliable biomarkers for serodiagnosis of clonorchiasis and opisthorchiasis. Clin Microbiol Infect 25(1):109.e1-109.e6.

    5. Ahn CS, Shin JW, Kim JG, Lee WY, Kang I, Im jG, Kong Y. (2020) Spectrum of pleuropulmonary paragonimiasis: An analysis of 685 cases diagnosed over 22 years. J Infect ttps://