Dr. Hong received her graduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1991. Her research has included characterization of the adenovirus fiber protein responsible for binding cell surface receptor, and studies of viral entry. She was among the first to demonstrate modification of adenovirus fiber as a means to alter cellular tropism. During her postdoctoral studies, Dr. Hong contributed to identification of the coxsackie- and adenovirus receptor (CAR) and early projects intended to test gene transfer in CF and other inherited diseases. She joined the department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (CDIB) at UAB as a faculty member in 1994 and is a member of the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Center. She is Associate Professor in CDIB, where her current research interests include studies of post-translational CFTR modification during protein biogenesis. She also pursues establishment of cell models to test mechanisms responsible for clinical CF, and novel strategies for personalized cystic fibrosis therapy.