Chi-Huey Wong, PhD

Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
California Campus

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

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Faculty, Graduate Program

Research Focus

Research in the Wong lab encompasses a broad spectrum of bioorganic and synthetic chemistry. Development of small molecules targeting RNA and design and synthesis of inhibitors to enzymes and receptors are being performed to investigate how small molecules interact with biologically important molecules and in turn, learn more about the function of those molecules. Development of both synthetic and bioorganic strategies is also paramount to our research. Programmable one-pot reactions can be used for the synthesis of complex oligosaccharides and glycoarrays, and complement development of new enzymatic catalysts for glycoprotein synthesis and other organic reactions.


Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982
M.S. (Biochemical Sciences), National Taiwan University, 1977
B.S. (Chemistry & Biochemical Sciences), National Taiwan University, 1970

Professional Experience

B.S. Chemistry/Biochemical Sciences 1966–1970 National Taiwan University
M.S. Biochemical Sciences 1975–1977 National Taiwan University
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry 1979–1982 MIT (with G.M. Whitesides)
Postdoctoral Fellow 1982–1983 Harvard University (with G.M.Whitesides)

2006-2016 President, Academia Sinica
1996-2006 Member, The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, Scripps Research
1989-2006 Ernest W. Hahn Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry, Scripps Research
1989-2006 Faculty Member, Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences, Scripps Research
1991-1999 Head, Frontier Research Program on Glycotechnology, RIKEN: Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
1987-1989 Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
1987-1989 Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University
1986-1987 Associate Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
1983-1986 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
1982-1983 Postdoctoral Fellow with G.M. Whitesides, Harvard University

Awards & Professional Activities

Searle Scholar Award in Biomedical Sciences, 1985; Presidential Young Investigator in Chemistry, 1986; ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 1993; The IUPAC International Carbohydrate Award, 1994; Elected Member of Academia Sinica, Taipei 1994; Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996; The ACS Harrison Howe Award in Chemistry, 1998; The ACS Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry, 1999; The International Enzyme Engineering Award, 1999; Presidential Green Chemistry Award, 2000; The ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2006; Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists, 2008; F. A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research, 2005;  The ACS Arthur C. Cope Award, 2012; The Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2014; The Royal Society of Chemistry Robert Robinson Award, 2015; Elected Member of the National Academy of Science, 2002; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996; and President of Academia Sinica, 2006-2016.

Selected References

All Publications

Koeller, K., Wong, C.-H. "Enzymes for chemical synthesis," Nature (2001) 409, 232.

Sears, P., Wong, C.-H. "Toward automated synthesis of oligosaccharides and glycoproteins," Science (2001) 291, 2344.

Danishefsky, S.J., Shue, Y.-K., Chang, M.N., Wong, C.-H. "Development of Globo-H Cancer Vaccine," Acc. Chem. Res. (2015) 48, 643.

Shivatare, S.S., Chang, S.-H., Tsai, T.-I., Tseng, S.Y., Lin, Y.-S., Cheng, Y.-Y., Ren, C.-T., Pawar, S., Tsai, C.-S., Shi, H.-W., Zeng, Y.-F., Liang, C.-H., Kwong, P.D., Burton, D.R., Wu, C.-Y., Wong, C.-H. "Modular Synthesis of N-glycans and Arrays for the Hetero-ligand Binding Analysis of Antibodies," Nature Chem. (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2463.


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