Dr. David T.W. Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc. is the Associate Dean of Research and a Professor in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia in 1981 and then did his graduate training in molecular biology at Harvard University together with a clinical training in oral pathology. Dr. Wong began his career at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he held the rank of assistant professor followed by associate professorship and head of the Division of Oral Pathology from 1992 to 2001. In 2002, he joined the UCLA School of Dentistry as Professor and Director of the Dental Research Institute. On January 1, 2003, he was named Chair of the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, one of the six academic divisions at the UCLA School of Dentistry. On January 1, 2005, he was named Associate Dean of Research for the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Wong is a dentist-scientist focusing his research on the molecular determinants (genomic and proteomic) of head and neck cancer. His research has been continuously funded by the NIDCR and NCI for the past 18 years. An exciting recent effort are two (2), 4-year award U01 awards from the NIDCR for the creation of the UCLA Collaborative Oral Fluid Diagnostic Research Center and the Human Salivary Proteome project, whereby nano-technology-based microsensors “lab on a chip” will be developed for translational applications for molecular diagnostics for oral cancer and oral pathogens based on oral fluids (saliva). The Human Salivary Proteome project is to decipher the entire catalogue of proteins in human saliva. Dr. Wong is intimately involved with the research training and career development of dentist-scientists and oral health researchers. He was the program director of the Harvard Institutional Dentist Scientist Program from 1994 to 2001. He has trained over 40 dentist scientists and graduate students. He is the Director of the Oral Biology Graduate Program at UCLA which includes a Short-Term Training Program, a PhD Track, a Master Degree in Clinical Research, the dual degree DDS/PhD program and the advanced clinical training/PhD track. He is also the Program Director of the recently funded “UCLA Fundamental Clinical Research Training Program”, a 5-year comprehensive research-training program funded by the NIDCR. Dr. Wong is the current Chair of the NIDCR Special Grant Review Committee.
The Wong Lab Website