Dr 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.
Dr 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, they are 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, Dr Chong's 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.
Dr Chong is always on the look out for talented students, postdocs and research assistants to join his team.
Selected recent publications:
1. Johanson, et al. (2015), Drosha controls dendritic cell development by cleavage of messenger RNAs encoding inhibitors of myelopoiesis, Nat Immunol
2. Srivastava, et al. (2015), Roquin binds microRNA-146a and Argonaute 2 and regulates microRNA homeostasis, Nat Commun
3. Knuckles, et al. (2012), Drosha regulates neurogenesis by controlling Neurogenin2 expression i