Associate Research Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy
Dr. Wei Kong, research associate professor, received a Ph.D. degree in bacterial genetics from the Kyushu University, Japan in 2000. Dr. Kong was a Postdoctoral Associate for the project of development of live bacterial vaccine vector, mentored by Dr. Roy Curtiss III, at the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis and the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy at Arizona State University.
Dr. Kong and others in Dr. Curtiss lab have developed a protective antigen and DNA vaccine delivery platform using self-destructing Salmonella for the prevention and treatment of infectious and non-infectious diseases (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-07/asu-fft070808.php) (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/asu-ndv110512.php).
Currently, Dr. Kong’s research interests are: 1) with NIH/NCI support, develop self-destructing Salmonella based anti-colorectal cancer therapeutic vaccine; 2) with NIH/NIAID support, develop self-destructing Salmonella based anti-Influenza vaccine; 3) develop self-destructing Salmonella based anti-Eimeria vaccine.