Respiratory medicine (lung)
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Professor Philip Molyneaux qualified at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine in 2004, where he completed an intercalated BSc. in Molecular Genetics. He undertook his senior house officer training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ followed by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow position in respiratory medicine at Imperial College, London.

He spent the next two years training at St Mary’s Hospital and working with Professors Cookson, Moffatt and Johnston studying the respiratory microbiome in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He subsequently completed a PhD on the role of infection in the pathogenesis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) at Imperial College.

Professor Molyneaux is the lead consultant for clinical trials into pulmonary fibrosis at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, and is the director of the NIHR cardiorespiratory clinical research facility. 

In 2022, Professor Molyneaux was awarded the role of chair of respiratory research by Asthma + Lung UK. 

Areas of expertise

Professor Molyneaux has a subspecialty interest in interstitial lung disease with expertise in: 

  • idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
  • familial pulmonary fibrosis
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • acute interstitial lung disease

He also manages pulmonary fibrosis and lung disease associated with systemic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and Wegener’s granulomatosis.

Research interests

Professor Molyneaux is a senior clinical lecturer in the fibrosis research group at Imperial college London. His research focuses on the:

  • role of infection infection in pulmonary fibrosis
  • genetics of fibrotic lung disease
  • interaction of the host and environment in fibrotic lung disease
  • immune environment in the fibrotic lung


Professor Molyneaux is the clinical lead for the Translational Respiratory Medicine BSc at Imperial college London, and supervisor of a number of students undertaking higher degrees.