Professor Wing Wong Elected To The National Academy Of Sciences

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Professor Wing Wong Elected to the National Academy of Sciences


SAN DIEGO, May 18 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


   aTyr Pharma Scientific Advisory Board Member Recognized for

Development of 

                        Statistical Methods and Software


    Wing Hung Wong, Professor of Statistics and of Health Research &

Policy at Stanford University has been elected to the US National Academy

of Sciences.  Election to the National Academy of Sciences is one of the

highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist in the US and this

honor recognizes Professor Wong’s significant contributions in developing

statistical methods and software for analyzing complex databases, such as

those from high throughput genomics research.


    With over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, Professor Wong

has developed ground-breaking methods for turning large data sets into

useful information about biological systems.  His contributions to

biological advancements through computational analysis are many, and

include methods and algorithms for the analysis of gene expression data

from microarray chips,   identification of gene regulatory elements in

developmental genomics, and elucidation of genetic networks.  


    According to Professor Paul Schimmel, co-founder of aTyr Pharma and

fellow NAS member:  “We are pleased to see this well deserved recognition

of Professor Wong’s valuable contributions to computational analysis of

complex biological data.  As a member of our scientific advisory board,

Professor Wong has provided invaluable guidance for building aTyr’s

platform of naturally occurring, therapeutic splice variants of human

tRNA synthetases.   His work with genomics data has accelerated

understanding of biology and paved the way for significant health

advances.”  aTyr Pharma congratulates Professor Wong on this well

deserved honor.


    Company Contact:                          Media Contact:

    Cheryl Quinn                              Jennifer James

    Director of Business Development          Alta Partners

    aTyr Pharma                               (415) 362-4022

    858-731-8390                              jjames@altapartners.com

    cquinn@atyrpharma.com


SOURCE: aTyr Pharma


    CONTACT: Cheryl Quinn, Director of Business Development of aTyr

Pharma,              +1-858-731-8390, 

             cquinn@atyrpharma.com; or 


             Jennifer James of Alta Partners, 

             +1-415-362-4022, 

             jjames@altapartners.com, for aTyr Pharma



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