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Professor Alex Blakemore
Professor in Human Genomics


Alex completed her first degree and PhD at the University of Sheffield. After a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from ARC (now Arthritis Research UK), she took up her first academic post as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 1994. In 2001 she moved to Imperial College London where she was Professor in Human Molecular Genetics, in the Faculty of Medicine and she retains a visiting chair position there. Alex joined Brunel University London as Head of the Department of Life Sciences in January 2016 and undertook that role for 5 years before handing it on and returning to a more research-focussed role in January 2022.


University of Sheffield 1990 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Medium-chain acyl Co-A dehydrogenase deficiency

1986 Bachelor of Science (BscHons), Genetics, First Class Honours 

Newest selected publications

Cheang, RTS., Skjevling, M., Blakemore, AIF., Kumari, V. and Puzzo, I. (2024) 'Do you feel me? Autism, empathic accuracy and the double empathy problem'. Autism, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1362-3613 Open Access Link

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Almansoori, S., Alsters, SI., Yiorkas, AM., Nor Hashim, NA., Walters, RG., Chahal, HS., et al. (2024) 'Oligogenic inheritance in severe adult obesity'. International Journal of Obesity, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 6. ISSN: 0307-0565 Open Access Link

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Zagkos, L., Drenos, F., Emmett, P., Blakemore, AI., Nordström, T., Hurtig, T., et al. (2023) 'Associations of adolescents’ diet and meal patterns with school performance in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986: A Mendelian randomisation study'. Appetite, 190. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0195-6663 Open Access Link

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Handley, D., Almansoori, S., Sato, MS., Amin, H., Alsters, S., Chahal, H., et al. (2023) 'Rare variants of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP1R) gene are overrepresented in a severe obesity cohort and associated with type 2 diabetes in the UK Biobank'. .

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Ramzi, NH., Auvinen, J., Veijola, J., Miettunen, J., Ala-Mursula, L., Sebert, S., et al. (2023) 'Depression mediates the relationship between alexithymia and obesity in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 (NFBC1966)'. Journal of Affective Disorders, 331. pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 0165-0327 Open Access Link

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