Sarah Anne Wong completed her PhD training in 2018 under the mentorship of Drs. Ralph Marcucio and Chelsea Bahney, and she is currently completing her final year of dental training. Dr. Wong’s overarching thesis goals were to identify molecular signaling pathways that regulate bone fracture repair and to apply this knowledge to the development of novel therapies. Her discoveries include identifying the critical role of Wnt signaling in cartilage-to-bone transformation and the therapeutic potential of cartilage as a graft alternative. Her research has resulted in numerous publications, national and international conference presentations, and several research awards. Sarah plans to apply for OMS residency following a postdoctoral year at University of California,
San Francisco. Her ultimate career goal is to serve in dental academia as a surgeon-scientist where she can combine her interests in oral surgery, research, and teaching.