4121E Engineering V
UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90095
Gerard Wong is interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to engaging unsolved problems in biology and biomedicine, combining physics, chemistry, and biology. Recent topics of research include physics of biological self assembly (ex: membranes, DNA, proteins), soft condensed matter physics of polymers, polyelectrolytes, liquid crystals, colloids, nanoparticles. Specific projects include antimicrobial peptides for antibiotic resistant pathogens, cell penetrating peptides for drug delivery, bacterial biofilms and sociomicrobiology, therapeutic strategies in cystic bifrosis, apoptosis proteins and cancer, femtosecond movies of hydration shells.
The group is inherently interdisciplinary; our collaborations include theoretical and experimental physicists, chemists, materials scientists, biologists, medical doctors, as well as bioengineers. The group uses a wide range of experimental techniques including, quantitative, ultra-high resolution synchroton x-ray scattering and spectroscopy, x-ray and electron microscopy, optical traps, cell tracking algorithms, laser-scanning confocal microscopy, and fluorescence and video-enhanced optical microscopy.
Wong received his BS degree in Physics from Caltech and his PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley. He subsequently pursued postdoctoral research on soft matter physics at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, and on biophysics at UC Santa Barbara. Wong’s awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a Beckman Young Investigator Award. Wong represented the U.S. in the NSF-MEXT US-Japan Young Scientist Symposium on Nanobiotechnology (2005), the Taipei Academia Sinica International Workshop on Soft Matter and Biophysics (2007), and the NSF-DST US-India Nanoscience & Engineering Workshop (2008). In 2011, Wong was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Physical Review E, and Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science.