Profile: Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholar

Spencer Tong, DPhil, Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholar (c) Spencer Tong

Spencer Tong, DPhil, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, is the current holder of the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship.  

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Spencer pursued his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied in the Pre-Medical Programme and also pursued a major in French Literature.

Each summer he returned home to conduct breast cancer research through internships at the University of Toronto, which seeded his passion for scientific discovery.

After graduating, Spencer began working as a Research Associate at the Washington University School of Medicine, focusing on two central themes: developing tools to better predict relapse in children with acute myeloid leukaemia, and understanding the events that precede adult leukaemia.

He recently began his DPhil at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, as the current holder of the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship, under the supervision of Anne Goriely, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, and Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield Professor of Pathology. Their principal interest is understanding how parental age affects the transmission of disease to their offspring.

Spencer said: “While I have much to learn, I am confident that my deep experience in genomics will prove invaluable as we unravel the mysteries of clinical genetics.”

He recently met some of the donors who contributed towards his scholarship at the Green Templeton College Graduate Scholarship Reception.

“Attributing faces to the nebulous concept of ‘donors’ was a humbling reminder that real people have contributed to me being here,” he said. “It is an honour to study with their support through the scholarship named in honour of Sir David Weatherall. I hope to live up to its name through contributions to molecular genetics.”

Green Templeton College and the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) established the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship in honour of Professor Sir David Weatherall, an Honorary Fellow of Green Templeton who founded the WIMM in 1989 and was the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford from 1992 to 2000.

The scholarship is open to scientists from across the globe and aims to attract the very best graduates, who train at the WIMM, one of the world’s leading molecular medicine institutes, and are hosted within Green Templeton, the University of Oxford’s premier college for the development of education in medicine.

To make a donation towards scholarships or a gift please visit Green Templeton’s donation page here.

For more information on the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship, please contact:
The Development Office or+44 (0)1865 274 777.

Created: 27 November 2018