Associate Professor Steven Tong

Principal research fellow


PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2010; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours, University of Melbourne, 1998; Fellow Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2006; Graduate Diploma Clinical Epidemiology, Newcastle University, 2010.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Associate Supervisor for PhD


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Associate Professor Tong is an infectious diseases physician with research interests in infectious diseases affecting Indigenous people. He aims to combine clinical epidemiology with molecular genetic approaches to better understand the patterns and transmission of diseases due to agents such as Staphylococcus aureus, hepatitis B, and influenza.

He was the inaugural Northern Territory Fulbright Scholar and trained at Duke University, North Carolina in 2011. He was also a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for all of 2012.

He has established numerous collaborations with overseas laboratories as well as fellow clinician-researchers in Australia. He is currently co-leading an international multicentre randomised controlled trial of combination therapy for S. aureus bloodstream infections.