Professor David Wong

David Wong

Professor David T.W. Wong,  University of California, Los Angeles

Hosted by Dr Melissa Grant School of Dentistry

October/November 2017

Professor David T.W. Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc. is the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry and a Professor in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine. He is the Associate Dean of Research and the Director of the UCLA Center for Oral/Head and Neck Research. He is an active scientist in oral cancer and saliva diagnostics research. He has authored over 230 peer reviewed scientific publications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), past member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs and the past president of American Association of Dental Research (AADR). Dr. Wong's Lab website.

Over the past two decades Prof David Wong has pioneered a portfolio of research in discovery, pathogenesis and translation of oral fluid-based molecular diagnostics. He has revolutionised saliva diagnostics and has significantly contributed to discoveries in salivary transcriptome (extracellular RNA), non-coding RNA, proteome, microbiome and metabolome. Professor Wong has also the development of saliva biomarkers for oral and systemic disease detection (oral cancer, pancreatic, breast, lung and ovarian cancers) and has translated these to functional assays in the clinic.

Professor Wong’s visit coincides with an Institute of Advanced Studies workshop ‘In spitting distance: towards a University of Birmingham centre for the analysis of oral fluids’ which aims to bring together the breadth of oral fluid researchers across the University of Birmingham’s campus. Prof Wong will present a keynote lecture on his research on salivary diagnostics on the evening of the 30th October.

During his visit Professor Wong will also meet to discuss collaborative research projects with colleagues in the Schools of Dentistry and Chemistry and in the Institutes of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, Immunology and Immunotherapy, Inflammation and Ageing, Metabolism and Systems Research and Microbiology and Infection.

If you would like full details of the plans for Professor Wong’s fellowship or would like to meet with him during his visit as an Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Fellow, please contact Lauren Rawlins IAS Administrator.