Dr. Newton received a B.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) in Biology (1988) from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He completed Post-Doctoral training at the University of Tennessee and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee from 1993-1998, and a Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York from 1998-2000. In 2000 he was appointed as Manager of the Virology/Immunology Section of the Department of Community Health, Division of Infectious Diseases, Bureau of Laboratories for the State of Michigan and as Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Michigan State University Medical Technology Program. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan.
Currently, Dr. Newton is Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories and Associate Director of Clinical Pathology for Michigan Medicine. He holds appointments as both Professor of Pathology in the University of Michigan Medical and Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received his certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Medical Microbiology in 2004 and was elected as a Fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2015. Dr. Newton has previously served on the Molecular Diagnostics Scientific Advisory Board for Roche Diagnostics, and has also served as a consultant for other diagnostic startup companies.