Aaron Wong was appointed vice president of Informatics at the Simons Foundation in May 2023, having served as interim vice president since the previous November. Prior to taking on his role in Informatics, Wong was a data scientist and project leader in the Genomics Group at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology. He worked to develop algorithms and models for analyzing high-throughput biomedical data and to coordinate the development of HumanBase, a public resource that integrates human functional genomics data to predict how genes and genomes function.
Before joining the Flatiron Institute, Wong earned a Ph.D. in computer science at Princeton University, where he worked on integrative analysis of functional genomic data, developing algorithms to predict tissue-specific signals in biological networks and advanced search algorithms for large biomedical data collections. Previous to that, he was a research programmer in bioinformatics at the University of California, Davis. Wong also earned his B.S. in computer science and engineering from the University of California, Davis.