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Dr. Pak Kin Wong is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Title: Dr. Wong - Description: Picture of Dr. WongEngineering, and Surgery and the director of BME MS programs at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wong joined Penn State as a Professor through the Dean’s Frontier Faculty search at the College of Engineering in 2015. Prior to Penn State, Dr. Wong was an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering GIDP, the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, and the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles across multiple disciplines, including Nature Biomedical Engineering, Science Advances, Nature Reviews Cancer, Nature Communications, and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Wong’s research focuses on novel technologies for studying collective cancer invasion, rapid clinical diagnosis, and characterization of immune-microbiota interactions. He has pioneered single cell biosensing techniques and microfluidic devices for disease diagnostics and modeling. His laboratory has also developed data driven and artificial intelligence (AI) based workflows for biomedical analysis. For instance, his team has elucidated the formation of invasive leader cells is dynamically regulated by Dll4-Notch1 signaling and intercellular tension and has developed novel techniques for rapid infectious disease diagnostics. In collaboration with his industrial and clinical partners, Dr. Wong has established multiple single cell antimicrobial susceptibility testing and pathogen identification systems toward health, hygiene, and defense applications. These techniques have been adopting in various pre-clinical and clinical studies globally. 


Dr. Wong is an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion in the research and education communities. He promotes balanced, unbiased, and supportive environments in education programs and professional societies around the world. Dr. Wong is an editor of IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology, IEEE Open Journal of Nanotechnology, SLAS Technology, and Scientific Reports. He serves in numerous steering and organizing committees in international conferences. He was the General Chair in IEEE NANOMED 2018 in Hawaii and General Co-chair in IEEE NEMS 2017 in Los Angeles. Among other honors, Dr. Wong was awarded the NIH Director's New Innovator Award in 2010, Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2011, AAFSAA outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, and JALA 10 – A Top 10 Breakthrough in Innovation in 2015. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening for his contributions in the research and education of biomedical engineering. 


Selected honors and awards


2021           Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

2018           The 2018 SLAS Tech Ten, A Top-10 Breakthrough in Innovation

2017           Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry

2017           Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

2017           Fellow, Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening

2017           Distinguished Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK

2017           Solver, NIH Single Cell Analysis Program, "Follow that Cell" Challenge

2016           Best Paper Award, CM Ho Best Paper Award in Micro/Nano Fluidics, IEEE NEMS 16

2016           Best of Session Poster Award, American Urological Association Annual Convention 16

2015           The 2015 JALA 10

2014           Outstanding Alumni, CUHK, Mechanical and Automation Engineering

2014           Finalist, SLAS Innovation Award

2014           The 2014 JALA 10

2013           AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Arizona

2012           Winner, US Contest on Applications in Nano/Micro Technologies

2011           Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow

2010           NIH Director's New Innovator Award



Dr. Pak Kin Wong

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery

The Pennsylvania State University


Office: CBEB 516

Phone: 814-863-5267

Email: pak@engr.psu.edu



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