Research Interest: I graduate from George Mason University (GMU) with a B.S. in Community Health – concentration in Clinical Science. At GMU, I was a research assistant in Dr. van Hoek’s lab studying twitching motility. After graduating, I became a Postbaccalaureate IRTA at NIAMS – Dermatology Branch in Dr. Kong’s laboratory where I focused on bacterial contaminants in low-biomass samples. These experiences further amplified my interest in host-microbe interactions.
Personal Interests: I enjoy attending car meets and exploring creative outlets like learning how to paint with gouache.
Park, J., Schwardt, N. H., Jo, J.H., Zhang, Z., Pillai, T., Phang, S., Brady, S. M., Portillo, J. A., MacGibeny, M. A., Liang, H., Pensler, M., Soldin, S. J., Yanovski, J. A., Segre, J. A., & Kong, H. H. (2021). Shifts in the skin bacterial and fungal communities of healthy children transitioning through puberty. Journal of Investigative Dermatology (in press).