Isaac Wong

  • Max Planck Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2023 at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

About Isaac Wong’s work

Dr Isaac Wong works in the fields of biophysics and cell biology and his research is currently focused on the biogenesis and biophysical properties of non-membrane bound organelles. Dr Wong has made significant discoveries in the field of centrosome biogenesis. He has demonstrated that centrioles generate a pulse of Polo/PLK1 activity, which stimulates the mitotic pericentriolar material (PCM) assembly prior to mitosis. This groundbreaking finding provides a compelling explanation for why Polo/PLK1 kinase is universally required for mitotic PCM assembly, and formulates the first mathematical model describing how centrioles recruit Polo/PLK1 to regulate this process.


Dr Wong is currently conducting his research at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, with the support of a Max Planck Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. Previously, he had earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Oxford (Balliol College). Dr Wong’s outstanding academic achievements have been recognised by over 30 awards during his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.