Brian A. Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Brian A. Gordon, PhD, is an assistant professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center, based in Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, as well as an assistant professor of psychological & brain sciences and biomedical engineering. He is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience PhD program and the interdisciplinary Data Science PhD program. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist, Gordon’s research focuses on utilizing advanced neuroimaging techniques such as PET and MRI to understand the complex biology of healthy aging and neurodegenerative disorders. He takes a systems level approach and is interested in how a myriad of factors including genetics, environmental exposures and social influences can act to promote or hinder successful aging. Gordon completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois, where he utilized MRI, optical imaging and electrophysiological measures (EEG/ERPs) to study aging. After completing a fellowship at Washington University, he transitioned to faculty and obtained an NIH K01 award, which supports early career researchers. He currently leads a project to study tau pathology in autosomal dominant Alzheimer pathology (U19AG032438), is a site-PI on a collaborative study to understand tau pathology (R01AG075336), and is a member of the Knight ADRC imaging core, which supports multiple major grants studying sporadic Alzheimer’s disease. He has also received funding from the American Society for Neuroradiology, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Donor Cures Foundation. 

Research Interests

Healthy aging, Alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, biofluids, cognition, neuropsychology, genetics, modifiable lifestyle factors

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Education History


Postdoctoral training (neuroimaging of healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease), Washington University in St. Louis


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2023-2024 Senior Scientist, Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area Executive Committee, Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment
Hope Center for Neurological Disorders
Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Associate Editor, Psychophysiology
Organizer, Neuroimaging Informatics and Analysis Center lecture series


2019 Blumenfeld Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2019 de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging, New Investigator Category, International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment
2019 Bartzokis Award, Charleston Conference on Aging
2017 Willman Scholar, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
2017 Best Talk, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Imaging Preconference