Oh, I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,
I go to the lava-try.
On Wednesdays I go shoppin'
And have buttered scones for tea.

Officially trained as a molecular neurobiologist, I'm currently employed as a software engineer at Elastic. I've written a number articles about Elasticsearch, and am the co-author of Elasticsearch - The Definitive Guide. At work, I maintain the Elasticsearch-PHP Client and work on Core Elasticsearch.

I <3 Elasticsearch, if you hadn't noticed =)

In my free time, I like to read papers about time series analysis, approximate “sketching” algorithms, fiddle with Rust and learn how lock-free data-structures work (Turbine, Bounded-SPSC-Queue)

I like to dip into many different hobbies…it's a known character flaw. For example, I recently sewed myself an ultra-light, waterproof backpack for day-hikes. I also enjoy bird photography, cigars and cabinetry, woodworking of various sorts (Maple and Malachite engagement box), astrophotography and restoring old axes.



  • Gormley C, Tong Z. Elasticsearch: The Definitive Guide. “O'Reilly Media, Inc."; 2015.

  • Loebrich S, Djukic B, Tong ZJ, Cottrell JR, Turrigiano GG, Nedivi E. Regulation of glutamate receptor internalization by the spine cytoskeleton is mediated by its PKA-dependent association with CPG2. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013;110(47):E4548-56.

  • Hsiao YC, Tong ZJ, Westfall JE, Ault JG, Page-mccaw PS, Ferland RJ. Ahi1, whose human ortholog is mutated in Joubert syndrome, is required for Rab8a localization, ciliogenesis and vesicle trafficking. Hum Mol Genet. 2009;18(20):3926-41.

  • Tong ZJ, Ferland RJ. AKT Phosphorylation Defect in AHI1 Knockdown Cells is not mediated by Canonical AKT Regulation. BS Thesis

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