Gerard Wong

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Gerard Wong, a Professor in the Dept of Bioengineering, Dept of Chemistry, and CNSI at UCLA (, leads a multidisciplinary research group on biofilm bacteriology and innate immunity.  Wong received his BS and PhD in physics at Caltech and Berkeley respectively, followed by postdoctoral research at the FOM AMOLF Institute and UC Santa Barbara.  He joined the Materials Science & Engineering Dept and Physics Dept at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and moved to UCLA in 2009. The Wong group has developed computational microscopy techniques to track bacterial communities at single cell resolution. These new tools have contributed to our understanding of early stage biofilm development, including how bacteria select surfaces for colonization, how they ‘sense’ a surface, and how they use exopolysaccharides to guide their motility in order to form microcolonies. Wong’s awards include the Apker Prize, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P Sloan Fellowship, and a Sackler Lectureship. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Wong is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. 



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