DR Mark Chong

DR Mark Chong


  • Genomics (Epigenetics)
  • Immunology (Autoimmune)
  • Immunology (Immune cell development)
  • RNA Biology (MicroRNAs)



  • A/Prof. Mark M W Chong
    Head, Genomics and Immunology Laboratory, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
    Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Department of Medicine.


    A/Prof Chong obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne for research performed at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, followed by postdoctoral training at New York University in the United States.

    A/Prof Chong's research team consists of a mixture of students (PhD, Masters, Honours and undergraduates), postdocs and research assistants working in two general research areas. Firstly, the Chong laboratory interested in gene regulatory mechanisms that control the development of immune cell subsets and how abnormalities in these mechanisms contribute to autoimmune disease. In particular, their research focuses on T lymphocyte development in the thymus and myeloid lineage development in the bone marrow. Secondly, the Chong laboratory is interested in non-coding RNAs, particularly microRNAs. Their research primarily focuses on how these RNAs are transcribed and processed in order to generate functional molecules.

    A/Prof Chong is always on the look out for talented students, postdocs and research assistants to join his team.

    Selected recent publications:

    1. Koay, et al. (2016), Thymic precursors to the Mucosal-Associated Invariant T cell lineage, Nat Immunol , 17:1300.

    2. Johanson, et al. (2015), Drosha controls dendritic cell development by cleavage of messenger RNAs encoding inhibitors of myelopoiesis, Nat Immunol , 16:1134.

    3. Srivastava, et al. (201   


Member of

  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Member 2010 -
  • The RNA Society. Member 2010 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Member 2002 -
  • Australasian Society for Immunology. Member 2000 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • A/Prof Chong's research has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Diabetes Australia Research Trust.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1999
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1999

Awards and honors

  • Senior Research Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017
  • QEII Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011
  • Senior Fellowship, Helen and Martin Kimmel Senior Stem Cell Center, 2008
  • Campion-Ma-Playoust Memorial Award, Australian Society for Medical Research, 2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute, 2004
  • International Travel Award, International Congress of Immunology, 2004
  • International Travel Award, Immunology of Diabetes Society, 2004
  • International Travel Award, Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, 2003
  • International Travel Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 2003
  • New Investigator Award, Australasian Society for Immunology, 2002
  • CASS Foundation Prize, Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, 2002
  • Cleveland Young Investigator Award, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 2001
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2000


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Multiple projects available for UROP, Honours, MSc (Bioinformatics) and PhD.