Dr. Kim Hoang

E-mail: kim.hoang@zoo.ox.ac.uk

I am broadly interested in the evolution of beneficial host-microbe interactions. The goal of my postdoctoral research is to examine the influence of microbe-mediated protective immunity on pathogen evolution (genomic and transcriptomic changes) and the consequences for host health.


Li, J.D., Bates, K.A., Hector, T.E., Hoang, K.L., Knowles, S.C., King, K.C. 2023. Experimental temperatures shape host microbiome diversity and composition. Global Change Biology 29, 41-56.
Hoang, K.L., King, K.C. 2022. Symbiosis: partners in crime. Current Biology 32, PR1018-R1020
Ordovás-Montañés, M., Preston, G., Hoang, K.L., Rafaluk-Mohr, C., King, K.C. 2022. Trade-offs in defence to pathogen species revealed in expanding nematode populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35, 1002-1011.
Hoang, K.L. , King, K.C.2022. Symbiont-mediated immune priming in animals through an evolutionary lens. Microbiology 168.
Hector, T.E.*, Hoang, K.L.*, Li, J., King, K.C. 2022. Symbiosis and host responses to heat. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Accepted.

Hoang, K.L. Choi, H., Gerardo, N.M., Morran, L. T. 2022. Coevolution’s conflicting role in the establishment of novel beneficial associations. Evolution. Accepted. 
Hoang, K.L., Gerardo, N.M., Morran, L.T. 2021. Association with a novel protective microbe facilitates host adaptation to a stressful environment. Evolution Letters 5, 118-129.

Gerardo, N.M., Hoang, K.L., Stoy, K.S. 2020. Evolution of animal immunity in the light of beneficial symbioses. Philosophical Transactions B 375, 1-13.

Hoang, K.L., Morran, L.T., Gerardo, N.M. 2019. Can a symbiont (also) be food? 2019. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 1–5.

Hoang, K.L., Gerardo, N.M., Morran, L.T. 2019. The effects of Bacillus subtilis on Caenorhabditis elegans fitness after heat stress. Ecology and Evolution 9, 3491–3499.

Tan, W-H, Reyes, M.L., Hoang, K.L., Acevedo, T., Leon, F., Barbosa, J.D., Gerardo, N.M. 2018. How symbiosis and ecological context influence the variable expression of transgenerational wing induction upon fungal infection of aphids. PLoS One, 1–15.

Hoang, K.L., Morran, L.T., Gerardo, N.M. 2016. Experimental evolution as an underutilized tool for studying beneficial host-microbe interactions. Frontiers in Microbiology 7, 1–14.

Hoang, K.L., Matzkin, L.M., Bono, J.M. 2015. Transcriptional variation associated with cactus host plant adaptation in Drosophila mettleri populations. Molecular Ecology 24, 5186–5199.

Bono, J.M.*, Matzkin, L.M.*, Hoang, K.L., Brandsmeier, L. 2015. Molecular evolution of candidate genes involved in post-mating-prezygotic reproductive isolation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28, 403–414. *Co-authors


2019 PhD, Emory University

2014 BSc, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


2020 Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship, Kellogg College University of Oxford

2020 Graduate Program in Biology Academic and Professional Achievement Award, Emory University

2020 NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology

2020 Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Program Scholar of the Year, Emory University

2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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