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Tong Gong

About me

I am a postdoc researcher in pediatric epidemiology of asthma with Professor Catarina Almqvist Malmros, interested in combining quantitative genetic methods and family-based designs to understand asthma comorbidities. 

Research description

My primary research interest is within the asthma comorbidity with other non-atopic traits to improve the understanding of the potential shared etiology of comorbidity at population and family levels. Several of my research projects are to investigate the familial co-aggregation of asthma and autism spectrum disorder, allergic traits and gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. gastroesophageal reflux disease and inflammatory bowel disease) using population, family-based, classical twin, and other quantitative genetic methods. 

My secondary research interest is to collect evidence on the genetic architecture of dog ownership and on the potential benefit of pet dogs in human mental health. We will examine following aspects of dog ownership: the SNP-based heritability of dog ownership and genetic correlation with other human traits, the socioeconomic, health, and contextual factors associated with dog ownership, the influence of dog ownership on depression and anxiety, dog exposure in early life and subsequent neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Teaching portfolio

Group leader in VetU evidence-based medicine course (term 5 of MD program)

Coordinator for exjobb (term 8 of MD program) 

Main supervisor of one exjobb student, and co-supervisor of 5 exjobb/master students  

Education

2012.03-2016.04 PhD Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden 

Thesis: Epidemiological Studies of Asthma and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children 

2008.09-2010.06 MPH Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

2004.09-2008.06 BSc Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China