Eric Chow

Assoc Professor

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PhD projects

Understanding the transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted infections


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Personal profile


Associate Professor Eric Chow is an STI epidemiologist and biostatistician based at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) at The Alfred Hospital. He heads the Health Data Management and Biostatistics Unit at MSHC and is an Associate Professor at Central Clinical School, Monash University. He is also an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

A/Prof Chow completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in 2014. He holds three Master's qualifications in Applied Science (Bioinformatics), Public Health and Biostatistics. He was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to support his postdoctoral training at MSHC/Monash (2015-2018). He was awarded an NHMRC Emerging Investigator Grant (2020-2024). He received an NHMRC Research Excellence Award for the highest-ranked application in the Emerging Leadership category of Investigator Grant (2019), and the Commonwealth Health Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research (2020) as the top-ranked recipient of the 2019 NHMRC Investigator Grant in the Emerging Leadership Level 2 Category. 

A/Prof Chow's research program aims to improve treatment, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STI), with a particular focus on gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Gonorrhoea is one of the most common STI and it is a global public health threat because the rates of infection are increasing at an alarming rate, and it is becoming increasingly resistant to the last first-line antibiotics. A/Prof Chow's research program has developed a new paradigm of gonorrhoea transmission. He has led the investigation of gonorrhoea transmission via saliva and kissing, which have significant impacts on reinforcing current safe sex messages and interventions. He is currently undertaking an NHMRC-funded multicentre randomised controlled trial using mouthwash as a preventive strategy for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea. His research program has also focused on the evaluation of the national school-based HPV vaccination program. His work has demonstrated the public health benefits of the female HPV vaccination program in Australia (introduced in 2007) for females and heterosexual males. He is currently evaluating and monitoring the clinical and public health benefits of the universal HPV vaccination (introduced in 2013) for males. His work on HPV has helped to inform HPV guidelines abroad.

A/Prof Chow also communicates closely with the Government and community-based organisations in order to improve health and wellbeing for the Australian population.

A/Prof Chow has a strong track record with >200 peer-reviewed publications including first or senior author publications in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, The Lancet HIV, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of Infectious Diseases. He holds an H-index of 30 and his papers have been cited over 2000 times. A/Prof Chow is an Associate Editor for the journals Sexual Health (2016-) and BMC Infectious Diseases (2017-). He is also the President of Sexual Health Society of Victoria (2020-). He has been on the organising committee for the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) Asia-Pacific Congress held in Okayama, Japan (2016) and Auckland, New Zealand (2018). He has been an external reviewer for NHMRC Project Grants (2016-) and the Health and Medical Research Fund in Hong Kong (2015-).

Monash teaching commitment

MPH5020 Introduction Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2014-2015)

MPH5041 Introductory Biostatistics (2015)

MPH5213 Research Methods (2014)

Education/Academic qualification

Biostatistics, MBiostats, University of Melbourne

Public Health, MPH, University of New South Wales

HIV/STI Epidemiology, PhD, University of New South Wales

Bioinformatics, MApplSc, University of Sydney

Forensic Biology, BSc, University of Technology Sydney

External positions

President, Sexual Health Society of Victoria

Jul 2020 → …

Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne

2020 → …

Treasurer, Sexual Health Society of Victoria

2017Jul 2020

Editor & Committee Member, The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Early-Mid Career Researcher Committee

2014 → …

Research area keywords

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Program evaluation
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis
  • HPV
  • Vaccination
  • Mouthwash
  • Transmission Dynamics
  • sexually transmitted infections


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