Professional background

Joanna Porter is a consultant in respiratory and general medicine at UCLH and a professor in respiratory medicine at UCL.

Joanna heads the NHS National interstitial lung disease (ILD) service at UCLH and leads respiratory undergraduate clinical training at UCLH. She studied medicine and pharmacology at Cambridge University followed by clinical studies at Oxford University Medical School.

She went on to train in respiratory and intensive care medicine at the Brompton, St George's, and St Thomas' hospitals, before completing her respiratory training at UCLH. Joanna was awarded a PhD for her work in inflammation at UCL as an MRC clinical fellow and went on to be awarded a Wellcome advanced clinical fellowship at UCL.

Her clinical interest is in ILD, in particular pulmonary fibrosis and ILD in the context of autoimmune disorders; and in the development of novel biomarkers and therapies for ILD. Joanna is one of the founding members, and medical director, of the Breathing Matters Charity at UCLH, and is the UCL/H BRC clinical academic lead for the NIHR translational research collaboration. She heads the leukocyte trafficking laboratory at UCL.

Research interests

  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Rheumatological lung disease
  • Autoimmune lung disease
  • General respiratory medicine.


Publications in interstitial lung disease, please see here.