Alexander  Tong

Entering Class: 2011
PhD Program: Pathology/Immunology
Advisor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Rhodes College
Hometown: Dallas, TX.

Research Interests: Cancer Biology/Immunology.

I've completed lab rotations with Alex Huang, Shigemi Matsuyama, and Robert Fairchild.

About me: I'm originally from Dallas, TX and attended Cistercian in Irving for middle and high school. Thereafter, I matriculated at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN to pursue my B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, while my permanent home made its way from Texas to Hong Kong to Maryland. As an undergraduate, I was a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Summer Plus Fellow and subsequently a Pediatric Oncology Education Fellow in the Taosheng Chen Lab, where I completed my Honors Research Thesis and fell in love with bench-to-bedside pediatric oncology research. I'm currently in my third year of PhD in the Huang Lab -- check out what we do at!

While not burying myself under medical textbooks or developing temporary thumb paralysis from over-pipetting in the lab, I enjoy playing the violin, supporting my local church, reading sci-fi novels, going Cleveland restaurant hopping, singing karaoke anytime anywhere, watching Korean dramas with impossibly implausible painfully predictable plots, and honing my DDR skills.

Musical musings and updates: I've been proud to support Doc Opera as Co-Director of the band and look forward to several more years of successful fundraising for our free clinic. I'm also a volunteer violin teacher at the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, which gives free lessons to children who cannot otherwise afford them.

Comment about the MSTP program: At Case, I've met highly motivated yet down-to-earth MSTP students, with whom I am honored to share the next several years and beyond. I've also come to appreciate how incredibly friendly and helpful the MSTP admins are, particularly when I have questions about class registration, taxes, grant requirements, etc. To top things off, Case has a diverse array of top-notch research mentors to choose from, as well as MSTP Co-Directors who make themselves available to us and actively guide our training. What more could you ask for? =D

Featured Publication:

Allen F, Tong AA, Huang AY. Unique Transcompartmental Bridge: Antigen-Presenting Cells Sampling across Endothelial and Mucosal Barriers. Front Immunol. 2016 Jun 10;7:231. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00231. eCollection 2016. Review. PubMed PMID: 27375624; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4901051.

Additional Publications:

Pondugula SR, Tong AA, Wu J, Cui J, Chen T. Protein phosphatase 2Cβl regulates human pregnane X receptor-mediated CYP3A4 gene expression in HepG2 liver carcinoma cells. Drug Metab Dispos 38: 1411-1416, 2010.

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