Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Associate Professor UCSD Behavioral Medicine
Address 619-594-5832 9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0804 / La Jolla, CA 92093-0804

Graduate Institution

University of Georgia

Research Description

Dr. Suzi Hong investigates how the brain and the immune system communicate through neuroendocrine pathways in health and disease, an area of research that is collectively called Psychoneuroimmunology. Suzi’s work includes the topics of inflammation, immunity, stress, mood, cognition, obesity, and fitness/exercise in health and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, HIV infection, etc.

Representative Publications
  • Hänsel, A., Hong, S., Camara, R., & von Känel, R. (2010). Inflammation as a psychosociological biomarker in chronic psychosocial stress. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 35(1), 115-121.

  • Hong, S., Dimitrov, S., Pruitt, C., Shaikh, F., & Beg, N. (2014). Benefit of physical fitness against inflammation in obesity: role of beta adrenergic receptors. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 39, 113-120.

  • Cheng, T., Dimitrov, S., Pruit,t C., & Hong, S. (2016). Glucocorticoid mediated regulation of inflammation in human monocytes is associated with obesity and depressive mood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 66, 195-204.