Fung-Lung Chung


Principal Investigator


Molecular Oncology
General profile






Dr. Chung is currently a senior faculty member of the Department of Oncology. His main research interests are on the mechanism of chemical carcinogenesis and cancer chemoprevention. Before joining Georgetown University Medical Center, he was the Chief of Division of Carcinogenesis and Molecular Epidemiologist and the Program Leader of Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis at the American Health Foundation Cancer Center (a NCI-designated Laboratory Cancer Center) of the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, New York. He served on various NIH Scientific Review Committees and was a regular member of the NIH Chemical Pathology Study Section (1990-94). He was also a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Institute for Cancer Prevention (1995-2004). He served on the editorial board for several journals, such as Chem. Res. Toxicol., Oncology Reports, and Mol. Nutrition and Food Res.

At Georgetown, Dr. Chung is a tenured professor of the Department of Oncology and a member of the LCCC Carcinogenesis, Biomarkers, and Epidemiology (CBE) Program. He is also a co-leader for that program at the Cancer Center. He has trained and mentored more than 30 undergraduate interns, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows over the years. Some of them attended medical or graduate schools and others pursued careers in research or teaching. Before Georgetown, he lectured on special topics at universities, such as Ohio State, New York Medical College, New York University, and Rutgers.

Dr. Chung is course director and lecturer of Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer Risk (TBIO 581), a course designed to introduce students to the concept of the carcinogenesis process and use of biomarkers to assess cancer risk in human populations. As section course director and lecturer in Tumor Biology 508 (Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cells), he is also responsible for coordinating the lectures on carcinogenesis and DNA repair. In addition, he offers lectures on DNA adducts in carcinogenesis and cancer chemoprevention to graduate students in Molecular Basis of Carcinogenesis (BCHB 540/RASC 540) during Spring semesters.

Dr. Chung's short-term goal in teaching is to gradually increase his effort in teaching and interactions with graduate students as well as medical students. He plans to offer courses in areas of molecular nutrition in cancer, targeting not only basic science students, but also medical and nursing students. These efforts are important to help integrate the laboratory research with clinical studies at the GU Medical School.


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  • Postdoctoral Fellow (1980) Columbia University, DNA Damage and Cancer
  • PhD (1978) University of Utah, Medicinal Chemistry
  • BS (1971) Chung-Yuan College of Sciences and Engineering, Bio-organic Chemistry


  • Chinese (speak, read, write)