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Heidi H. Kong, M.D., M.H.Sc.

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Dermatology Branch
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10 - Magnuson CC, Room 12N238
Bethesda, MD 20892


Dr. Kong received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and obtained her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. She then completed her dermatology residency at Duke University. After completing clinical research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch and the Duke-NIH Masters Program in Clinical Research, Dr. Kong became an Assistant Clinical Investigator and worked with collaborators to establish the NIH Intramural Skin Microbiome Consortium. She is currently a tenure-track investigator.


Our group is focused on studying the skin microbiome in healthy individuals with the goal of expanding our understanding of host-microbe interactions. Previous work has investigated the diversity and distrubtion of bacterial and fungal skin communities in healthy adults.

We are also working to understand the role of microbes in eczematous skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis. Our prior work has studied the significant bacterial shifts in the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis as well as patients with primary immunodeficiency syndromes with eczematous skin conditions.

This page was last updated on 4/15/2014.