Moonil Kang, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

As a genetic epidemiologist, Dr. Kang is interested in the genetic basis of human traits and complex diseases, especially disease susceptibility loci (DSL), environmental exposures, and their interactions. He is fascinated by this field because it uses multidisciplinary approaches, changes rapidly, and has many unexplored areas. Most of all, it is the science directly affecting human beings.

During his postdoctoral research at the Biomedical Genetics, BUSM, he will continue to deepen his understanding of genetic factors, environmental exposures, and their interactions on human complex diseases. Mostly, he plans to focus on the genetic background of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). He believes it is one of the most critical and challenging research topics for the aging population, such as Koreans. Moreover, he wants to experience various research approaches using next-generation sequencing (NGS), whole-exome sequencing (WES), whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and multi-omics data to clarify my future research topics. This position will allow him to facilitate the transition to an independent research career by acquiring new analytical approaches, publications, project managing skills, and funding grants. His final goal is to become an outstanding scholar in academia and contribute to the science of understanding the genetic background of human complex disease.

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  1. Cho HJ, Okekunle AP, Yie GE, Youn J, Kang M, Jin T, Sung J, Lee JE. Association of coffee consumption with type 2 diabetes and glycemic traits: a Mendelian randomization study. Nutr Res Pract. 2023 Aug; 17(4):789-802. PMID: 37529271; PMCID: PMC10375333; DOI: 10.4162/nrp.2023.17.4.789;
  2. Hwang S, Kang M, Ham DI, Kong M. Genetic Influence on Choroidal Volume. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Apr; 224:143-149. PMID: 33340507; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.12.008;
  3. Kong M, Hwang S, Ko H, Lee GI, Kang M, Sung J, Song YM, Ham DI. Heritability of macular ganglion cell inner plexiform layer thickness as determined by optical coherence tomography: the Healthy Twin Study. Br J Ophthalmol. 2021 07; 105(7):1011-1015. PMID: 32788326
  4. Kim AN, Cho HJ, Youn J, Jin T, Kang M, Sung J, Lee JE. Coffee Consumption, Genetic Polymorphisms, and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Pooled Analysis of Four Prospective Cohort Studies. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 07 26; 17(15). PMID: 32722593; PMCID: PMC7432682; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17155379;
  5. Jin T, Youn J, Kim AN, Kang M, Kim K, Sung J, Lee JE. Interactions of Habitual Coffee Consumption by Genetic Polymorphisms with the Risk of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Combined. Nutrients. 2020 Jul 26; 12(8). PMID: 32722627; PMCID: PMC7468962; DOI: 10.3390/nu12082228;
  6. Kang M, Sung J. A genome-wide search for gene-by-obesity interaction loci of dyslipidemia in Koreans shows diverse genetic risk alleles. J Lipid Res. 2019 12; 60(12):2090-2101. PMID: 31662442; PMCID: PMC6889708; DOI: 10.1194/jlr.P119000226;
  7. Suh YJ, Shin J, Kang M, Park HJ, Lee K, Song YM, Sung J. Genetic and Environmental Influences on General Skin Traits: Healthy Twins and Families in Korea. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2017 02; 20(1):36-42. PMID: 27846924; DOI: 10.1017/thg.2016.86;

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2017 Korean Society of Epidemiology Scholarship
2016 China Medical Board & Public Lecture Institution Operating Expense Scholarship
2016 Park M-Lee H Special Grant
2015-2016 Infrastructure Establishment Program for Basic Research
2015 Graduate School of Public Health Alumni Scholarship
2014 Seoul National University Development Fund Scholarship
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Genetic Epidemiology
Gene-by-Environment Interaction
Genome-Wide Interaction Scan
Genome-Wide Association Study
Genotype Imputation
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