Sung Sam Gong, PhD


Posted at — Aug 5, 2019


  1. Apr, 2014 – Current: Senior Research Associate in Bioinformatics, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Feb, 2015 – Aug, 2017: Visiting Researcher, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
  3. Sep, 2010 – Mar, 2014: Lead Bioinformatician, Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics, NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, London, UK
  4. Mar, 2011 – Mar, 2013: Honorary Research Associate in Heart Science, National Heart and Lung Institute, London, UK
  5. Sep, 2010 – Sep, 2012: Visiting Scientist, MRC Clinical Science Centre, Hammersmith, London, UK
  6. Sep, 2005 – Sep, 2006: Research Scientist, KOBIC (Korean Bioinformation Centre), KRIBB (Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology), Daejeon, Korea


  1. Oct, 2006 – Aug, 2010: PhD, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (supervisor: Professor Sir Tom Blundell) Thesis title: Structural and Functional Analysis of Single Amino Acid Replacement in Proteins: Insights from Protein Evolution into the Disease Aetiology [download]
  2. Sep, 2003 – Aug, 2005: MSc, Department of BioSystems, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Daejeon, Korea (supervisor: Dr. Jong Bhak & Dr. Kwang-Hyung Lee) Thesis title: PSIbase and interpare : systems for studying protein structural interactomics
  3. Mar, 2002 – Aug, 2003: BSc, Department of Computer Science, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  4. Mar, 1995 – Feb, 2002: BSc, Department of Biology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Selected Publications

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Gong, Sungsam, and Tom L. Blundell. 2008. “Discarding Functional Residues from the Substitution Table Improves Predictions of Active Sites Within Three-Dimensional Structures.” Edited by Michael Levitt. PLoS Computational Biology 4 (10). Public Library of Science (PLoS): e1000179. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000179.

Gong, Sungsam, Michelle D Johnson, Justyna Dopierala, Francesca Gaccioli, Ulla Sovio, Miguel Constância, Gordon CS Smith, and D Stephen Charnock-Jones. 2018. “Genome-Wide Oxidative Bisulfite Sequencing Identifies Sex-Specific Methylation Differences in the Human Placenta.” Epigenetics, February, 1–12. doi:10.1080/15592294.2018.1429857.

Gong, Sungsam, Ulla Sovio, Irving L.M.H. Aye, Francesca Gaccioli, Justyna Dopierala, Michelle D. Johnson, Angela M. Wood, et al. 2018. “Placental Polyamine Metabolism Differs by Fetal Sex, Fetal Growth Restriction, and Preeclampsia.” JCI Insight. doi:10.1172/jci.insight.120723.

Gong, Sungsam, James S. Ware, Roddy Walsh, and Stuart A. Cook. 2013. “NECTAR: A Database of Codon-Centric Missense Variant Annotations.” Nucleic Acids Research 42 (D1). Oxford University Press (OUP): D1013–D1019. doi:10.1093/nar/gkt1245.

Gong, Sungsam, Catherine L. Worth, Tammy M. K. Cheng, and Tom L. Blundell. 2011. “Meet Me Halfway: When Genomics Meets Structural Bioinformatics.” Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 4 (3). Springer Nature: 281–303. doi:10.1007/s12265-011-9259-1.

Worth, Catherine L., Sungsam Gong, and Tom L. Blundell. 2009. “Structural and Functional Constraints in the Evolution of Protein Families.” Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, December. Springer Nature. doi:10.1038/nrm2762.