The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Eric Wong, a professor of animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for his research into the factors that regulate the growth of farm animals.
Wong’s expertise is in the areas of nutrient utilization in chickens, animal physiological processes, animal diseases and external parasites and pests, and animal breeding and genetics. One of his major research projects involves an analysis of the development-specific expression of nutrient transporter genes in the small intestine of chickens under normal and diseased conditions.
Wong also serves as the program director for the Virginia Tech Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP), a diversity program funded by the National Institutes of Health. PREP is a one-year program for post-baccalaureate students who are underrepresented in the behavioral and biomedical sciences. The goal is to strengthen these students’ academic background and research skills to improve their competitiveness for graduate schools.
Wong received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He also completed postdoctoral work at the University of Utah with Mario Capecchi, professor of human genetics and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.