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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Jason Wong, Sc.D., S.M., joined the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow, and was promoted to research fellow. Dr. Wong obtained his bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and his dual-doctorate in epidemiology and environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. For his doctoral dissertation research, he examined the detrimental effects of fine particulate matter on telomere length, DNA methylation, and inflammation. Prior to joining OEEB, Dr. Wong completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, California, where he examined the chronic health effects of secondhand smoke. Dr. Wong also has extensive experience in molecular biology honed from nearly a decade as a laboratory manager at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Wong previously characterized genetic variants related to risk of endometrial cancer in the Nurses’ Health Study, and he is best known for developing a high-throughput assay to measure telomere length.

In OEEB, Dr. Wong is investigating environmental, occupational, and molecular factors related to risk of cancers in various Asian and Western cohorts. He is working to uncover the etiologic underpinnings of lung cancer, under the mentorship of Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., and Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., both senior investigators.