Rui Kong, PhD

Assistant Professor

Emory Vaccine Center

Assistant Professor

Emory Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Distinguished Investigator

Georgia Research Alliance

Office: Yerkes Office 2012 & Lab 2013

Phone: 404-727-3559


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

954 Gatewood Road
Office 2012/Lab 2013

Atlanta, GA 30329



2020/03 – Present  Assistant Professor Emory University
2019/07 – 2020/02 Staff Scientist Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH
2016/12 – 2019/07 Research fellow Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH
2012/08 – 2016/12 Postdoctoral fellow Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH
2012/01 – 2012/07 Postdoctoral fellow University of Pennsylvania
2006/08 – 2011/12 Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham
2002/09 – 2006/07 B.S. Tsinghua University, Beijing

Research Interests

Research in our lab focuses on antibodies and vaccines against HIV-1 and other pathogens. We are interested in two questions: 1) how to consistently induce specific highly functional antibodies by vaccination, and 2) how to maintain the antibody responses above the level of protection for a long period of time. Specific areas of interest include 1) novel vaccine design strategies to induce broadly-reactive anti-HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies; 2) HIV-1 Envelope fusion peptide-directed antibodies elicited in infected and immunized subjects; and 3) mechanisms of antibody elicitation, maturation and duration in immunized individuals.