Dr Justin Wong is the Head of the Epigenetics and RNA Biology Program at the Centenary Institute, University of Sydney. He has over 15 years of experience in epigenetic and RNA biology research, which focuses mainly on understanding how these key molecular mechanisms govern cellular differentiation, and how aberrancies in these mechanisms lead to diseases including cancer and inflammatory disorder. His vision is to acquire knowledge concerning epigenetic changes, alternative splicing and RNA modification, which may be useful for the development of novel therapies for human diseases.
Dr Wong is a previous recipient of a Cancer Research Network Early Career Researcher Award in 2016. In 2018, he received one of the twenty Sydney Research Accelerator Prizes for early- to mid-career researchers within the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the prestigious Ruth Stephens Gani Medal in 2019, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science to recognise his outstanding contribution to the field of human genetics.