Yi-Ching Ong

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office Phone
118 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building

Yi-Ching Ong is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health and Wellbeing.  She is interested in applying interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks and methodologies to examine infectious disease dynamics and disparities.  She was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University, where she trained in interdisciplinary approaches to population health.  Prior to that, she completed her PhD in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University, where her doctoral research investigated how the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii modulates host immune response, with a focus on the molecular basis of parasite strain-specific differences in infectious outcome.  Outside of her dissertation work at Stanford, she also participated in extracurricular work on translational research for neglected diseases. Yi-Ching also studied at Oxford University as a Keasbey Scholar and received an MPhil in international development in 2005; her master’s dissertation research investigated the sociopolitical and economic considerations that have historically influenced infectious disease policy in Southeast Asia.  In her postdoctoral work, Yi-Ching plans to merge her research interests in the molecular and macrosocial determinants of health to investigate how infectious disease dynamics are affected by socioeconomic disparities.  At CHW, she engages students working toward the Global Health and Health Policy certificate.