Flossie Wong-Staal

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Date of Birth August 27, 1947
Place of Birth China
Age 73 years old
Horoscope Virgo

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Flossie Wong-Staal

Flossie Wong-Staal, née Wong Yee Ching, is a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the function of its genes, which was a major step in proving that HIV is the cause of AIDS. From 1990 to 2002, she held the Florence Riford Chair in AIDS Research at the University of California, San Diego. She was co-founder and, after retiring from UCSD, she became the Chief Scientific Officer of Immusol, which was renamed iTherX Pharmaceuticals in 2007 when it transitioned to a drug development company focused on hepatitis C, and where she remains as the Chief Scientific Officer.

Born: August 27, 1947, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Republic of China
Nationality: American
Fields: Virology
Institutions: University of California, San Diego, iTherX
Alma mater: University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D, 1972)
Academic advisors: Robert Gallo
Known for: Cloning of HIV

About Flossie Wong-Staal

Molecular biologist who was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the gene's functions. She co-founded iTherX Pharmaceuticals, which focuses on developing treatment for hepatitis C.

Before Fame

She worked at the National Cancer Institute with Robert Gallo.


She was the chairman of UCSD's Center for AIDS Research.

Family Life

She resided in Los Angeles where she conducted her research.


She and Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier both gained notoriety for their work on HIV.

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  • University of California, San Diego faculty
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Latest information about Flossie Wong-Staal updated on October 22, 2020.

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