Alex Conner graduated from the School of Bioscience at the University of Birmingham with a Degree in Biological Sciences (Genetics) and a PhD in Molecular Biology in 2000. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow on grants funded by the Wellcome trust from 2000-2006, splitting his time between Aston University, the University of Birmingham and a short stint as a Wellcome VIP fellow at the University of Rochester Medical School, New York. His research involved the molecular structure and function analysis of large membrane proteins (specifically G protein-coupled receptors or GPCRs) and resulted in a number of key publications describing similarities and differences between the two major families (A and B). Alex joined the Medical School of the University of Swansea as a Junior Lecturer in 2006, which started a continuing interest in psychiatric biology. After less than a year, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at Warwick Medical School where he spent the next six years researching GPCRs (with an emphasis on the CGRP receptor), psychiatric biology and more recently, the role of aquaporins (AQPs) as regulated water pores in health and disease. He has published more than 40 times, has a University teaching qualification and recently obtained a certificate in professional coaching from the University of Warwick. He is an external consultant facilitator and trainer, which involves writing, delivering and ‘training the trainers’ for a number of non-academic skills including efficiency as a researcher, delivering impact, group-work behaviour and presentation skills.
Alex Conner joined the University of Birmingham, College of Medicine and Dentistry as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences in August 2013.