Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Wong, a synthetic biologist and cancer therapy researcher, works to control immune system responses to cancer by genetically modifying T-cells to improve cancer-killing capabilities while minimizing the side effects. His lab focuses on the application of metabolic- and immune-cell engineering to rapidly and predictably produce desired properties to treat diseases. As part of this work, Wong’s lab has developed a system of intricate DNA “switches” that turn mammalian cells into complex biocomputers with applications beyond medicine. Wong is an NSF CAREER Award winner and recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.