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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 dual-doctorate in epidemiology and environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining OEEB, Dr. Wong was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, 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 in Boston, Massachusetts, and is best known for developing a high-throughput assay to measure telomere length for Harvard's cohort studies.

In OEEB, Dr. Wong investigates how occupational/environmental exposure to genotoxic air pollutants influences various biomarkers of genomic instability, with focus on telomere length, and future risk of lung cancer among special populations (e.g., unique or high-exposure, minority, or geographic location). His mentors are Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., and Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., both senior investigators.