Hong Wu, MD, PhD

Kornelia PolyakHong Wu, MD, PhD 

Program Committee Cochair 
School of Life Science, Peking University, Beijing, China

Dr. Hong Wu is Professor and Dean of School of Life Sciences, and Senior Investigator of Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences and Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, Peking University.

Before returning to China, Dr. Hong Wu was David Geffen Chair Professor of Molecular Medicine and Director of Institute for Molecular Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Wu received her medical training from Beijing Medical College, China, and Ph.D. degree in Biological Chemistry from Harvard Medical School. After postdoctoral training as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, she joined UCLA as a faculty member. A major research focus of Dr. Wu’s laboratory is to study the molecular mechanism of PTEN tumor suppressor controlled tumorigenesis. By generating tissue-specific PTEN deficient animal models, Dr. Wu’s laboratory elucidated the important role of PTEN in regulating stem cell self-renewal, proliferation, and survival, as well as its roles in controlling the PI3K pathway. These models have been used for pre-clinical studies of new therapeutic agents and for identifying biomarkers for human cancers. Dr. Wu is an elected fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011 and member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2016.