Judy Wong PhD


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Associate Member, UBC Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Affiliated Research Scientist, BC Cancer Agency

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Judy Wong is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. She obtained a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California in Berkeley.

The Wong laboratory investigates mechanisms responsible for the gross structural maintenance of the genome. The lab is interested in the role of telomeres and telomerase in preventing chromosome erosion, and the cellular pathways that regulate telomere maintenance in health and diseases. A second research program studies alternate nucleic acid structures, in particular the G-quadruplexes, and their roles in genome regulation and integrity. Most cancers and premature aging syndromes share an observable loss of genome integrity. Her long-term goal is to discover genetic and pharmacological means to control cellular changes that affect stable genome maintenance.


Xu JL, de Oliveira DM, Trudeau MA, Chin JY, Sin D, Sandford A and Wong JMY. Mild Catalytic Defects of TERT Polymorphism rs61748181 Affect the Clinical Presentation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Sci Rep 11(1):4333. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83686-z. (2021)

Nguyen KTTT and Wong JMY. Telomerase Biogenesis and Activities from the Perspective of Its Direct Interacting Partners. Cancers 12(6), E1679 doi: 10.3390/cancers12061679. (2020)

Thompson CAH and Wong JMY. Non-canonical Functions of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase: Emerging Roles and Biological Relevance. Curr. Top. Med. Chem. 20(6):498-507. (2020)

Renard I, Grandmougin M, Roux A, Yang SY, Lejault P, Pirrotta M, Wong JMY and Monchaud D. Small-molecule affinity capture of DNA/RNA quadruplexes and their identification in vitro and in vivo through the G4RP protocol. Nucleic Acids Res., 47(11):5502-5510 doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz215. (2019)

Yang SY, Lejault P, Chevrier S, Boidot R, Robertson AG, Wong JMY* and Monchaud D*. Transcriptome-wide identification of transient RNA G-quadruplexes in human cells. Nat Comm, 9(1):4730. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07224-8 (2018). * co-senior authors

Thompson CAH, Gu A, Yang SY, Mathew V, Fleisig HB, Wong JMY. Transient Telomerase Inhibition with Imetelstat Impacts DNA Damage Signals and Cell-Cycle Kinetics. Mol Cancer Res, 16(8):1215-1225. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786. (2018).

Amor S, Yang SY, Wong JMY*, & Monchaud, D*. Cellular detection of G-quadruplexes by optical imaging methods. Curr Protocol Cell Biol, (76):4.33.1–4.33.19. doi:10.1002/cpcb.29 (2017). * co-senior authors

Xu JL, Gu AY, Thumati NR, Wong JMY. Quantification of Pseudouridine Levels in Cellular RNA Pools with a Modified HPLC-UV Assay. Genes (Basel). 8(9). pii: E219. doi: 10.3390/genes8090219. (2017)

Yang SY, Amor S, Laguerre A, Wong JMY* and Monchaud D*. Realtime and Quantitative fluorescent live cell imaging with quadruplex specific red edge probe (G4-REP). Biochim Biophys Acta (General Subjects) (1861):1312–1320 (2017) * co-senior authors

Canada Research Chairs Tier 2 Award
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council 2015-2020
Cancer Research Society 2018-2020
University of Pennsylvania Orphan Disease Center 2021-2022


Wong JMY. Non-canonical Activities of the Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase. Genomic Stability Research Group, BC Cancer Agency. Vancouver, BC, Canada (January 2020)

Wong JMY. G-Quadruplex: Biology and Therapeutic Applications. University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Seminar series, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. (January 2019)

Wong JMY. Non-canonical Activities of the Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase. National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan. (February, 2017)

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(604) 827-3329
(604) 822-3035


Office 6614, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

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