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Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal In Her Own Words:

“You need to have a passion for making discoveries because this is the most rewarding aspect of a scientific career. Eureka moments are few and far between. It’s important to go into a research lab, both to get some experience with the scientific process and see the kind of work that’s required. It’s also helpful to expose yourself to the passion and enthusiasm of outstanding scientists. In this way, you can get a glimpse of the dedication that science requires and also the satisfaction it can provide.”  

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, a molecular biologist and virologist, is one of the world’s authorities on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the first scientist to clone and to genetically map the virus.

Born in China, Dr. Wong-Staal grew up in Hong Kong where she and her family fled in 1952 to escape communist Chinese rule. In Hong Kong, she attended an all-girls Catholic school where she excelled academically and was motivated by teachers toward science.

After immigrating to the United States in 1965, Dr. Wong-Staal earned her B.A. degree in bacteriology and Ph.D. in molecular biology from UCLA.  In 1972, she began postdoctoral research at UCSD until 1974 when she left to work with Robert Gallo at the National Cancer Institute. At the institute, Dr. Wong-Staal began her examination of retroviruses, and it was during this time of research that she cloned the HIV virus.  

In 1990, the Institute for Scientific Information recognized Dr. Wong-Staal as the top woman scientist of the previous decade. That same year, she returned to UCSD to continue her AIDS research. Four years later, the university created a new Center for AIDS Research with Dr. Wong-Staal as its chairman.

In 2002, Dr. Wong-Staal retired from UCSD and now holds the title of Professor Emerita. In addition, she is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of iTherX where she researches treatments for Hepatitis C.

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal: Passion For Discoveries-Asian Heritage Awards 2014 from Rosalynn Carmen on Vimeo.

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, shepherding her discovery from Science to Business from Rosalynn Carmen on Vimeo.

Asian Heritage Awards 2014 FLOSSIE WONG-STAAL from Rosalynn Carmen on Vimeo.


County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Named Asian Heritage Awards Gala Chairman

  San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will serve as the Gala Chairman of the 2014 Asian Heritage Awards to be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
  The awards, in their eleventh year, celebrate Asian achievement in categories ranging from business to public health while honoring the legacy of Asian Americans.  Individuals and organizations  who  serve the Asian or Asian and Pacific Islander community here or abroad are also eligible
  Supervisor  Roberts represents District 3, which has one of the larger constituencies of Asian Americans, comprising 19 percent of the county’s population.
  “’Visionary’ and ‘leadership’ are the two best words I have to describe Dave Roberts,” said Rosalyn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society, which has produced the award-winning event and celebration since 2004. Referring to Roberts, she said, “He recognizes and empathizes with our mission to empower the community and recognize Asian American  contributions  to the business of San Diego County, thei r cultural value and the entrepreneurial spirit that has ties to both worlds. That is how you bring talent and investment to the community.”....Whole Story

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