Alexander Gordon

Why did you get into research?

Curiosity and frustration:  I saw the same problems crop up again and again during outpatient clinics, and felt a building frustration at the lack of effective treatments for people with certain subtypes of chronic airways diseases. Some of my supervisors were heavily involved in research, and I chose to join them. That catapulted me into a PhD, and involvement with the HMRI priority research centre for healthy lungs.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

To build on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of chronic airway disease in order to establish new treatments for the patients for whom I care.


Alex grew up on a farm in rural South Australia. He completed his undergraduate training in medicine at the University of Adelaide, and did his internship and residency at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in SA. He moved to NSW for physician training, completing his advanced training in Respiratory medicine at the end of 2020. He is currently working part time as a Sleep Fellow at John Hunter Hospital, while also commencing his PhD in airways disease with John Hunter and the HMRI priority research centre for healthy lungs.

Future Focus

Dr Gordon aims to complete his PhD examining neutrophilia and inflammasome activity in chronic airways disease, with ongoing research into chronic airways infections such as non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Special interest in airways disease including asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis
  • The pathological interplay between the immune system and pulmonary/airway infections
  • Interventional skills including bronchoscopy, Endobronchial ultrasound and pleural procedures


  • Sleep and Airways Fellow -Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital
  • Fellow- HMRI- VIVA- Asthma respiratory diseases and the Immune System. + Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs
  • Member Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, European Respiratory Society, American thoracic society.
  • Fellow- Royal Australasian College of Physicians.