Center for Theoretical Biological Physics Research Seminar

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dr. Gerard C.L. Wong
Bioengineering Department
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
California NanoSystems Institute
University of California, Los Angeles

“Physics Meets Microbiology and Immunology”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 PM
BRC, 10th Floor, Room 1060 A/B

Abstract: We present examples from our group where ideas and techniques from physics impact unsolved problems in two areas important to human health: infectious diseases and immune disorders. For the former, we will discuss unifying themes such as surface sensing and multi-generational signaling via secondary messengers during early formation of bacterial communities. For the latter, we will show how responses of the innate immune system can be amplified, attenuated, and re-programmed, thereby impacting a broad range of health outcomes including inflammation induced by autoimmune diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, systemic sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Bio: Gerard C. L. Wong is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Chemistry at UCLA. Wong received his BS and PhD in physics at Caltech and Berkeley. He joined the Materials Science Department and Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and was recruited to UCLA in 2009. His research recognition includes a Beckman Young Investigator Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.