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Research Biography

Tom Gordon is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and Professor and Head of the Department of Immunology at Flinders University and the Flinders Medical Centre site of SA Pathology.  He is a clinical immunologist, rheumatologist and immunopathologist with an interest in systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome.  He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California and was a Greenberg fellow at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.  He is an International Member of the American College of Rheumatology and past member of the ANA Committee of the International Union of Immunological Societies.  He has more than 30 years of funding from the NH & MRC for his translational research program on autoimmune diseases and has pioneered mass spectrometric sequencing of human autoantibody repertoires.  He has published extensively in the Journal of Immunology, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Lancet, Arthritis and Rheumatism and Gastroenterology.  He was awarded the Parr Prize in Rheumatology in 1995 and the International Ethel Baxter award of the American College of Rheumatology in 1998 and 1999 for research on autoantibodies in Sjögren’s syndrome.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • A functional autoantibody in narcolepsy (1)
  • B Cell apotopes of the 60-kDa Ro/SSA and La/SSB autoantigens (1)
  • Characterisation of antibodies in Sjogren's Syndrome (1)
  • Characterization of autoantibodies inhibiting parasympathetic neurotransmission (1)
  • functional autoantibodies in type 1 diabetes (1)
  • Molecular characterisation of human autoantibodies (1)
  • The role of apoptosis and autoantibodies in congenital heart block (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Apoptosis as a source of Antigenic Drive in Systemic Autoimmunity (1)
  • Characterisation of tumour-associated HLA Class I genetic and epigenetic gene alterations (1)
  • Hierarchical self-tolerance to the LA (SS-B) Nuclear Autoantigen (1)
  • Immunological tolerance and autoimmunity to the ubiquitous autoantigens LA and RO (1)
  • MHC Class I Antigen Processing and Presentation (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Systemic autoimmune diseases
  • Autoantibodies
  • Immunochemistry
  • Proteomic analysis of antibodies


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