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
Amin, HA., Cordell, HJ., Martin-Ruiz, C., Robinson, L., Kirkwood, T., Blakemore, AI. and (2022) 'No Evidence That Genetic Variation at the Klotho Locus Is Associated With Longevity in Caucasians from the Newcastle 85+ Study and the UK Biobank'. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 77 (3). pp. 457 - 461. ISSN: 1079-5006 Open Access Linket al.
Sen, P., Adewusi, D., Blakemore, A. and Kumari, V. (2021) 'How do lipids influence risk of violence, self-harm and suicidality in people with psychosis? A systematic review'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 56 (5). pp. 451 - 488. ISSN: 0004-8674 Open Access Link
Zagkos, L., Drenos, F., Emmett, P., Blakemore, AI., Nordstrom, T., Hurtig, T., (2021) 'Adolescents’ dietary habits and meal patterns influence school performance in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986: mendelian randomisation study'. bioRxiv. pp. 1 - 40.Open Access Linket al.
Rob Taal, H., St Pourcain, B., Thiering, E., Das, S., Mook-Kanamori, DO., Warrington, NM., (2021) 'Common variants at 12q15 and 12q24 are associated with infant head circumference'. Nature Genetics, 44 (5). pp. 532 - 538. ISSN: 1061-4036et al.
Alkaf, BA., Parkinson, JP., Thomas, LT., Blakemore, AB., Jarvelin, MJ. and Lessan, NL. (2021) 'Contribution of obesity and physical inactivity to the increased type 2 diabetes risk in Emiratis'. WILEY. ISSN: 0742-3071