New Faculty Q&A with Yong Wang, PhD

Yong “Tony” Wang, PhD

Dr. Yong Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care
PhD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center — Major:
Bioinformatics
MS: University of Texas-Arlington — Major: Mechanical Engineering
Joined the Department of Medicine: August, 2017

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
Research in my lab will be focused on developing single cell sequencing technologies and data analysis algorithms to study how tumors evolve over time and in 3-dimmensional space, from pre-cancer to malignant cancer then to metastasis. We will also work closely with clinicians to apply these technologies to translational research in cancer prevention, early detection and evolutionary therapeutics. 

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
The collaborative environment at UW-Madison is very attractive for a scientist who is interested in multidisciplinary research. My research will also benefit from the great support from the Department of Medicine and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am most excited with the opportunity to build a single cell genomics research team and work on technologies that may have many applications in clinics.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love outdoor activities such as bike riding, ice skating and skiing. 

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
“Life will find a way” -- Michael Crichton. Cancer is a devastating disease that has claimed the lives of millions of patients. But I am certain that we will find a way to defeat cancer.