Lynn Soong, MD, PhD

Lynn Soong, MD, PhD
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program
Director, NIAID T32 Emerging and Tropical Infectious Diseases Training Program
Director, NIAID T35 Infectious Diseases and Inflammatory Disorder Training Program

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Postdoctoral Fellowship
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
PhD, Zoology (Major: Immunoparasitology)
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
MS, Virology
Shanghai Medical University
Shanghai, China
Shanghai Medical University
Shanghai, China

Research Interests
Molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis; Immune regulation; Cytokines/Chemokines; Vaccine development

Current Research
Dr. Soong’s research focuses on tropical infectious diseases caused by insect‐transmitted pathogens. Using mouse and cell culture infection models, she examines how innate and adaptive immune responses against bacteria, viruses, and parasites are regulated, which host‐ and pathogen‐derived factors are responsible for disease pathogenesis, and which molecules can be incorporated into the disease control regimen. Special focus is placed on the activation and dysregulation of infected target cells (endothelial and dendritic cells, neutrophils, and macrophages), as well as on their impact on T cell responses, during acute versus chronic infection. New lines of research include host cellular signaling, tissue‐specific gene expression profiles, and genetic susceptibility variants for leishmaniasis and scrub typhus. She also has collaborations with other scientists on animal models of Zika virus infection and vaccine development for viral infection.

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