Alex Conner has a degree and PhD in Molecular and Biological Sciences. He is the Director of Post-Graduate Taught Education for the College and has more than 18 years’ experience in research-intensive higher education. Alex is an educational leader and teacher for medicine and medical-related biosciences.
Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and was a Media Fellow for the British Science Association. Alex sits on a number of strategic committees in Higher Education including the National Biochemical Society’s committee for Education, Training and Public Engagement as well as the University of Birmingham HEFi Advisory Board and the public engagement committee.
Alex is experienced in teaching of science, training of non-academic skills and professional coaching and uses all of these methods to help students and staff develop and achieve their goals.
Alex’s research interests lie in the structure and function of large membrane proteins. This involves using cell and molecular biology techniques with an emphasis on understanding the regulation of aquaporin (AQP) water channels. See Membrane Protein Structure and Function Research Group webpage.
Alex has more than 50 publications in scientific journals, reviews and book chapters. He has received grants from the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.