October 2013 Women's
Flossie Wong-Staal (1946–)
Virologist, Molecular Biologist
Born in China, Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal and her family fled to Hong Kong in 1952 after China became a communist country. Although not initially interested in science, she received high grades in school and was encouraged to pursue it as a career, eventually earning a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UCLA. Wong-Staal co-discovered HIV and was the first researcher to clone it, making it possible to develop HIV tests. Named by Discover Magazine as one of the top 50 women scientists in 2002, she is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of iTherX Pharmaceuticals, where she researches new treatments for Hepatitis C.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The October calendar shines a spotlight on five remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Flossie Wong-Staal.