Melissa Wong, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Memberships:
1987 - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1994 - Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
1995-1998 - Post-doctoral fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
1998-2001 - Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine
2001-2008 - Assistant Professor, OHSU
2008-present - Associate Professor, OHSU
2013-present - Vice Chair, Cell & Developmental Biology
Education: B.A. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Lewis and Clark College, Research Assistant, Dr. Brian Wong's laboratory, Infectious Disease, OHSU M.D./Ph.D. program
Scientific Interests: The role macrophages play in promoting the progression of cancer. Specifically, investigating phenotypic alterations in cancer that are a result of hybrid cells forming via fusion between cancer cells and macrophages. Also, testing specific immunotherapies that target macrophage function to treat metastatic disease.
Education: B.S. Chemistry, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY. Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Oregon, Institute of Molecular Biology, Dr. Ken Prehoda’s lab, Eugene, OR. Postdoctoral Fellow, OHSU, Wong lab.
Scientific Interests: I am interested in understanding mechanisms of stem cell regulation during homeostasis and in diseases such as cancer. My current research focuses on understanding the molecular function of a cancer stem cell marker and cell adhesion molecule, CD166, in regulating homeostatic signaling within the intestinal stem cell niche. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, trips to the Oregon coast, fishing, snowboarding, playing golf and brewing beer.
Senior Research Assistant
Education: Education: B.S. Biology, University of Southern California.
Interests: Cooking and going on road trips.
Luai Zarour, M.D.