Johns Hopkins Medicine

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Philip Wong, Ph.D.

Philip Wong, Ph.D.

ADRC Associate Director

Philip Wong is Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research program is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's Disease and ALS. With the identification of mutations in genes linked to these diseases, he has taken advantage of transgenic and gene-targeting strategies to reproduce features of the human disorder in mice. He uses these animal models to study disease mechanisms and to design and test therapeutic strategies.


  • Chen L, Wei Z, Chan KW, Li Y, Suchal K, Bi S, Huang J, Xu X, Wong PC, Lu H, van Zijl PC, Li T. D-glucose uptake and clearance in the tauopathy Alzheimer’s disease mouse brain detected by on-resonance variable delay multiple pulse MRI. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2021; 41:1013-1025.
  • Jeong Y, Ling J, Lin S, Donde A, Braunstein K, Majounie E, Traynor B, LaClair K, Lloyd T, Wong PC. TDP-43 cryptic exons are highly variable among cell types. Mol Neurodegener 2017; 12: 13.
  • Sun M, Bell W, LaClair K, Ling J, Han H, Kageyama Y, Pletnikova O, Troncoso J, Wong PC, Chen LL. Cryptic exon incorporation occurs in Alzheimer's brain lacking TDP-43 inclusion but exhibiting nuclear clearance of TDP-43. Acta Neuropathol 2017; 133: 923-931.
  • LaClair K, Donde A, Ling J, Jeong Y,Chhabra R, Martin L, Wong PC. Depletion of TDP-42 decreases fibril and plaque Beta amyloid and exacerbates neurodegeneration in an Alzheimer's mouse model. Acta Neuropathol 2016; 132: 859-873.
  • Li T, Braunstein KE, Zhang J, Lau A, Sibener L, Deeble C, Wong PC. The neuritic plaque facilitates pathological conversion of tau in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model. Nat Commun 2016; 7: 12082-12094.


Primary Appointment in Pathology