Yen-Ping Kuo, MS, PhD is Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Yen-Ping Kuo received her B.S. in Medical Technology from National Taiwan University and an M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University with her thesis on Hemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7. She completed her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from The Ohio State University, studying archaeal transcription termination signals and Haloferax volcanii heat shock gene expression. Her experiences in the areas of Clinical Hematology and Molecular Neuroscience at the prestigious National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, respectively, further broaden her academic interests and strengthen her integrated medical basic science background.
Dr. Kuo’s passion for teaching brought her to Osteopathic Medical education. Before moving to North Carolina, Dr. Kuo was one of the founding faculty of A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) SOMA where she established and mapped Medical Microbiology contents in Scheme-Based Clinical Presentation Curriculum (CPC) and developed and directed a number of integrated organ system courses, including Neuroscience, Hematology, and Dermatology. She served as the program chair of SOMA’s CPC International Proceeding in 2012 and had been invited to Taiwan to present CPC workshop and seminars for medical educators in 2011 and 2013.
Inspired by the excellent potentials of CUSOM, Dr. Kuo again accepted the challenge of becoming a founding faculty member and joined the CUSOM family in 2013 as the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. She began her leadership roles in Curriculum Committee and Exam Quality Assurance Committee in early 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Dean for Curriculum in July 2014. Excellence and integrity are what Dr. Kuo strives for, and her goals are to help build an effective, successful integrated curriculum, and to inspire future physicians who are committed to life-long learning and to achieve their greatest potentials.