- Clinical Assistant Professorship in 2013
Dr Wong is a clinician-scientist specializing in internal medicine and digestive diseases. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr Wong completed his Medical Degree with Honours at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. After his medical internship, he went on to pursue his postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Adrian V. S. Hill on human genetics. In his dissertation, he has identified several major genetic loci contributing to tuberculosis, leprosy and malaria. Dr Wong received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2010.
Following his doctorate degree, Dr Wong carried on his clinical training in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology. He was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 2012, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Physicians and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2016. He joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2013.
With a background in host genetics, microbial pathogenesis and clinical medicine, Dr Wong's primary research interest is to understand the host-microbial interaction and explore it for clinical translation. Using metagenomic and bioinformatic techniques, Dr Wong has work on the digestive tract as an intricate ecosystem between the host and the gut microbiota. This interaction has been recently found to be consequential to various systems, including the alimentary, metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological and even psychological physiology. This has opened up a new approach to develop innovative therapeutics and treat diseases.
Bridging between laboratory and hospital, Dr Wong endeavours to bring his scientific discoveries to clinical translation. He aims to improve human health through developing innovative diagnostics and therapeutics out of the gut microbiota.