Ian Y. WongAssistant Professor of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology
Prof. Wong engineers new technologies to study cancer cell invasion, phenotypic plasticity and therapeutic resistance. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2003. He did his graduate work on the directed self-assembly of biomolecular materials with Nick Melosh, receiving a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2010. His postdoctoral training in BioMEMS and cancer cell migration was with Mehmet Toner and Daniel Irimia at the Center for Engineering in Medicine of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2010-2013. He joined Brown University as assistant professor of engineering in July 2013. He is a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship.
Prof. Wong engineers new technologies to study cancer cell invasion, phenotypic plasticity and therapeutic resistance. Physically, he explores how materials and mechanical aspects of the tumor microenvironment regulate malignant behavior. Biologically, he seeks new insights into single cell heterogeneity and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). This approach will have translational applications, enabling personalized medicine and high-throughput screening of new therapeutic compounds.