Wendy K. Chung

Director of Clinical Research, Clinical Research Associates at Simons Foundation

Wendy K. Chung

Wendy K. Chung

Director of Clinical Research, Clinical Research Associates at Simons Foundation

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Wendy Chung serves as the principal investigator of the foundation’s Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP), which characterizes behavior and brain structure and function in participants with genetic copy number variants such as those at 16p11.2, believed to play a role in autism spectrum disorders. Chung joined the Simons Foundation in 2012 as director of clinical research, after serving on SFARI’s scientific advisory board.

Chung, a clinical and molecular geneticist, received a B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and a Ph.D. in genetics from Rockefeller University. She is currently the Herbert Irving associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University, where she directs the clinical genetics program and performs human genetics research. At Columbia, she clinically assesses children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities and uses advanced genomic diagnostic methods, including whole-exome sequencing, to identify the underlying genetic basis for neurological conditions. Her work strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically and ethnically sound, accessible and cost-effective manner.

Chung also directs NIH-funded research programs on a variety of human genetic conditions, including obesity, breast cancer, pulmonary hypertension and birth defects, including congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart disease. She has been the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam and a career development award from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is a member of the Dade County Hall of Fame. A renowned teacher and mentor, she is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching, including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, the American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Director of Clinical Research, Clinical Research Associates at Simons Foundation
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Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Sloan-Kettering Institute and The Rockefeller University, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care. Weill Cornell Medical College is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. In addition to its affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Network. Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

B.A. in Biochemistry & Economics

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Ph.D. in Genetics

The Rockefeller University (the University) is a world renowned center for research (see schedule O) and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics, and physics. The University's 82 laboratories conduct both clinical and basic research and study a diverse range of biological and biomedical problems with the mission of improving the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity. Laboratories are loosely clustered in nine research areas covering a wide spectrum of disciplines in the life sciences, including neuroscience, immunology, genetics, structural biology and bioinformatics. The University does not charge tuition. Its revenues are derived primarily from investment income, government grants and contracts, and private gifts and grants.

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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly called the Institute of Medicine (IoM), is an American nonprofit, non-governmental organization. The National Academy of Medicine is a part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, along with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the National Research Council (NRC). The National Academy of Medicine provides national advice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health, and serves as an adviser to the nation to improve health. It aims to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large. Operating outside the framework of the U.S. federal government, it relies on a volunteer workforce of scientists and other experts, operating under a formal peer-review system. As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in a relevant field as well as for their willingness to participate actively.

Career History
Director of Clinical Research, Clinical Research Associates
2012 - Current

Founded in 1994, the Simons Foundation is a charitable organization located in New York City. They focus on supporting outstanding individual researchers and institutions that are seeking funding for advanced work in the basic sciences and mathematics, with a major emphasis on autism research.

Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
Current

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is a clinical, research, and educational enterprise located on a campus in northern Manhattan. They are home to four professional colleges and schools that provide global leadership in scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care, including: Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, Mailman School of Public Health.

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Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Autism Research Initiative
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Founded in 1994, the Simons Foundation is a charitable organization located in New York City. They focus on supporting outstanding individual researchers and institutions that are seeking funding for advanced work in the basic sciences and mathematics, with a major emphasis on autism research.

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