Dr Chian Teng Ong

QAAFI Early Career Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Dr. Ong is an exceptional and driven researcher in the field of Animal Health, and her work revolves around studying pathogen genomes, transcriptomes, and host-associated metagenomes to enhance animals' resistance to diseases and improve their overall health and productivity.

One remarkable aspect of Dr. Ong's expertise is her versatility and enthusiasm for both wet lab and dry lab (bioinformatics) work. She finds equal joy in conducting hands-on experiments in the wet lab and diving into data analysis and computational work in the bioinformatics domain. This multidisciplinary approach empowers her to gain comprehensive insights into her research subjects and tackle complex challenges from various angles. Dr. Ong's vast skillset encompasses molecular biology and expertise in utilizing 2nd and 3rd generation sequencing technologies, along with her proficiency in bioinformatics tools and techniques. This diverse knowledge allows her to explore and employ cutting-edge methodologies, providing her with a unique advantage in her research endeavors.

One of Dr. Ong's significant achievements was conducting the first cattle reproductive tract metagenomic study in Australia. This groundbreaking study likely contributed valuable information about the reproductive health of cattle and opened new avenues for further research in this area. Additionally, her contributions extend to the assembly of complete genomes for multiple pathogens, such as Campylobacter fetus and Bovicola ovis. This accomplishment is instrumental in understanding these pathogens' genetic makeup, evolution, and mechanisms of infection, which is vital in developing targeted strategies to combat diseases affecting animals.

Keywords: Microbiome and Metagenomics, Pathogen genomics, Animal health, PCR, Sequencing, Host-microbe interactions

Research Interests

  • Host-pathogen interaction, Microbiome and Metagenome
  • Pathogen genomic and biomarker studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Agricultural Biotechnology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Biotechnology, The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Tabor, Ala, Siddle, Hannah, Juli, Sogra Banu, Raza, Ali, Ong, Chian Teng, McCosker, Kieren, Hayes, Ben and Boe-Hansen, Gry (2023). New diagnostic tools for bovine vibriosis. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT Australia, 22-25 August 2023.

  • Ong, Chian Teng, Rodriguez-Valle, Manuel and Lew-Tabor, Ala (2014). A glance into sialome of Australian paralysis tick - Ixodes holocyclus. 2nd Annual International Conference on Advances in Veterinary Science Research (VETSCI 2014), Singapore, Singapore, 24-25 November 2014. Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF). doi: 10.5176/2382-5685_vetsci14.40

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

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