Following a career in Medicine, John Burgess took his first steps into the world of research in 1999 when he commenced the Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne and followed this with a Master of Epidemiology, completed in 2002.
He commenced his PhD work in 2004 at the Centre for MEGA Epidemiology under the supervision of Associate Professor Shyamali Dharmage.
His area of research was the role of early life factors in the natural history of asthma to middle-age. This work was carried out within the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study, now the world's largest and longest-running population-based study of respiratory disease.
His PhD was awarded the 2010 Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Head's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research.
His research has led to a number of publications in various high impact peer-reviewed journals.
He was subsequently awarded a fellowship by the Centre for Research Excellence for Airways Diseases, a collaboration between the Universities of Tasmania and Melbourne.
John continues his research into the epidemiology of respiratory disease at the Centre for MEGA Epidemiology as well as teaching in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.