Dr. Wong graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University and received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine. He was a Research Fellow, Laboratory of Experimental Oncology, at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1987 to 1988, as well as in the Laboratory of Tumor Virus Genetics at Harvard Medical School at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from 1988 to 1991.
Since his arrival at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in September 1991, Dr. Wong has participated in the classroom instruction of OHSU graduate students. He initially began lecturing to graduate students in two courses, Concepts in Microbial Pathogenesis and Advanced Virology. In Spring 2000, Dr. Wong became the Co-Organizer for Concepts in Microbial Pathogenesis and assumed the role of course organizer in Spring 2002. He also contributes to the Advanced Virology course by providing two or three lectures. Finally, he organizes the Viral Pathogenesis Journal Club, which is offered each quarter on the West Campus for graduate students and fellows.
Dr. Wong’s area of research focuses on acute and chronic viral infections in nonhuman primates (NHPs) and how these infections are associated with disease in the immunocompetent or immunocompromised animal. This is an extremely relevant area of research as NHPs are closely related to humans and viruses of simian origin are more closely related to human viruses than viruses that infect mice. More importantly, these simian viral infections closely parallel viral infections in humans and can lead to similar if not identical associated disease manifestations observed in humans.