Contact: Alexander Shtifman
Phone: 617-713-8989
alex...@childrens.harvard.edu

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has honored Dr. Wesley Wong with a Beckman Young Investigator Award, which recognizes promising young faculty in chemistry and the life sciences. The funding provided by this award will help Dr. Wong to continue to develop single-molecule centrifugation, an approach that will enable researchers to perform high-throughput single-molecule manipulation in a simple and inexpensive way. By incorporating a miniature microscope into a centrifuge,  forces can be applied to thousands of single molecules at once while observing their individual response, enabling such measurements to be made thousands of times faster than traditional approaches, for a fraction of the cost. This approach has the potential to revolutionize many areas of biomedical research.

Dr. Wong joined the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital in 2011. He is an Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. More information about Professor Wong's research can be found at his group website http://wonglab.tch.harvard.edu