Research Themes

Cardiovascular epidemiology, risk factors and biomarkers


MPhil, PhD, FAHA

Dr Kwok Leung Ong

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Kwok Leung Ong (PhD, 2010) is a Senior Research Fellow and his research interests include (i) identification of plasma biomarkers for cardiovascular disease and its risk factors; and (ii) epidemiology of CVD risk factors with publication of one book chapter, 91 original articles, 16 reviews, and 3 letters to the editor in peer-reviewed journals that have attracted 6703 citations (h-index = 37; Google Scholar 7/2/2023). Dr Ong’s contribution to CVD research has been recognized by his appointment as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2016, and an editorial board member of the Journal of AHA since 2021. He has actively contributed as a grant review panel member to the NHMRC and the National Heart Foundation.

Through initiating and leading collaborations with internationally recognised investigators, Dr Ong has obtained access to clinical samples and data from large-scale clinical trial and cohort studies, including the FIELD trial, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), and the TNT trial for studies of cardiovascular biomarkers such as fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). He is also interested in nutritional biomarkers such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and their relationship with cardiovascular risk factors, especially chronic kidney disease.


Professional Membership:

  • American Heart Association (2016 FAHA), Australian Atherosclerosis Society, NHF NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, Australian CardioVascular Alliance


Education Background:

  • 2003 - BSc in Molecular Biotechnology (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • 2006 - MPhil (Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)
  • 2010 - PhD (Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)



  • SAGE Open Medicine - Associate Editor
  • SAGE Open Medical Case Reports - Associate Editor
  • Annals of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy - Editorial Board Member
  • Annals of Obesity & Disorders - Editorial Board Member
  • International Journal of Hypertension - Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of American Heart Association - Editorial Board Member


Reviewer for international journals:

  • JAMA, Circulation, Diabetes Care, American Journal of Epidemiology, PLOS ONE, Annals of Epidemiology, Journal of American Heart Association, American Journal of Hypertension, etc.


Research grant funding support:

  • 2013-2014: National Heart Foundation Grant-in-Aid (role: CIB)
  • 2014-2016: University of New South Wales Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2015-2017: National Heart Foundation NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant (role: CIA)
  • 2016-2020: NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia (role: AI)
  • 2017-2020: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF Level 1)
  • 2018: Diabetes Australia Research Program General Grant (role: CIA)
  • 2020-2021: NSW Health Investigator Development Grant under the Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program (role: CIA)


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