Dr. Kenny Wong

School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department: Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Building: McLean RM517
Phone: (201) 216-8957
Email: kwong2@stevens.edu

NSRA/NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

Master of Science in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University


Enzymology, metabolic pathways (bile acid metabolism), Drug Discovery, pharmacology of drugs, human genetics

Publication list: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/mybibliography/ 


General Information

Dr. Kenny Wong is Teaching Associate Professor of Biology and Biology Program Director in the Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB).  He recently joined the CCB faculty after 23 years in industrial R&D research at Merck and Co. Inc., one of the top 3 pharmaceutical company in the USA.   Dr. Wong started at Merck in the laboratory as Senior Research Biochemist and achieved the rank of Director of Pharmacology.  Dr. Wong has extensive experience in diverse areas of biology and chemistry, and across multiple diseases such as Diabetes, Cardiometabolic Disorders, Cancer, Antibacterial and Neuroscience.  He led numerous drug discovery teams that identified and validated drug targets and advanced suitable therapeutic molecules into clinical trials.  Dr. Wong has practical experience in cutting edge technologies such as the “omics” sciences, RNA interference and human genomics.  He has published over 40 original research articles and co-inventors of 5 patents.  He has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College, CUNY and Rutgers.  Dr. Wong also served as grant reviewer at the National Institute of Health and currently a member in the Molecular Structure and Function A study section.  Dr. Wong received his BS in Chemistry at NYU and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He was NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Wong is a foodie with a deep passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of biomedical researchers. 

Institutional Service
  • HPAC committee
  • DUT site visit organizer
  • Established Merck Equipment donation program for CCB dept. Donation totaling $48,400 to date.
Professional Service
  • Member Macromolecular Structure and Function (MSFA) Study Section A, National Institute of Health (2017-2023)
  • Ad hoc member Small Business Endocrinology, Metabolism, Nutrition, and Reproductive Sciences, IRG(EMNR), NIH (2017)
  • Ad hoc member Macromolecular Structure and Function (MSFA) Study Section A, National Institute of Health (2016-2017)
  • Session chair on Regulated Enzymology, Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference (2008)
  • Organizing committee, 19th Enzyme Mechanism Conference, Asilamor Island, CA, Jan 7-10, 2005
  • Special Emphasis Panel Member (2001), NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA –R15)
  • Session chair on Signal Transduction, Enzymes Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference (2001)
  • past reviewer: Journal of American Chemical Society; Nitric Oxide, Biology & Chemistry; Biochemistry
Honors & Awards

1.    Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution to the Curriculum in Drug Development; Merck-Yale Collaboration (2010).

2.    Merck Special Achievement Award: BRGOS Current Assessment of Target ID & Validation (2007)

3.     Merck Award of Excellence: Establishment of the Rahway Viral Vector Facility (2006)

4.     Merck Award of Excellence: PPARa selective modulator: approval of PCC L-'312 (2006)

5.     Division/Staff Award: Antibacterial Program (1996)

6.     Albert Cass Traveling Fellowship (1988); 

7.     United Federation of Teachers Scholarship (1981-1985)

8.     The Otto P. Burgdorf Award in Biological Science (1981)

Professional Societies

Member, American Chemical Society

Member Americian Association for the Advancement of Science


Grants, Contracts & Funds

Merck National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health (1990-1993)

Patents & Inventions

1)    Tan, Y., Dai, H., Lum, P.Y., Thompson, J.R., Berger, J.P., Muise, E.S., Raubertas, R.F., Wong, K.K.,Methods for Characterizing Agonists and Partial Agonists of Target Molecules.  4/4/2006, Patent filed US2006/0240457 A1

2)    El-Sherbeini, M. & Wong K.K., MurD protein and Gene of Streptococcus pyrogenes5/3/00 US Patent Number 6,746,858. 

3)    El-Sherbeini, M., Wong, K.K., Geissler, W., 3/18/2003 “MurDprotein and Gene of Staphylococcus aureus” US Patent Number 6,534,284.

4)    Esser, C., Hagmann, W., Hoffman, W., Shah, S., Wong, K., Chabin, R., Guthikonda, R., Maccoss, M., Caldwell, C., Durette, P., 10/26/99 "Substituted 2-Aminopyridine as Inhibitors of Nitric Oxide Synthase." 5/22/97, US Patent Number 5,972,975.

5)     Chabin, R.M., Kuo, D.W., O’Connell, J.F., Pompliano, D.L. & Wong, K.K.4/6/99 “Metabolic Pathway Assay”  US Patent Number 5,891,621.

  • BIO 281 Biology and Biotechnology
  • BIO 381 Cell Biology
  • BIO 484 Introduction to Molecular Genetics
  • CH 501 Professional Ethics in Chemical and Scientific Research
  • BIO 684 Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques