Alex Gould

Alex Gould

Qualifications and history

  • 1990 PhD in developmental genetics. University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1992 Beit Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Research Council (MRC) National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 1998 Group Leader (Head of Division from 2012), MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK 
  • 2012 Head of Division, Physiology & Metabolism, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK 
  • 2015 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Alex Gould is a group leader and head of the Division of Physiology and Metabolism. He obtained his BA and MA in natural sciences from King's College, University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD research was on Drosophila Hox genes with Rob White at the University of Cambridge.

He was then awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral training on vertebrate Hox genes with Robb Krumlauf at the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), the institute is now part of the Francis Crick Institute. He established his own research group at NIMR in 1998.

In 2012, he was appointed head of the NIMR's newly formed Division of Physiology & Metabolism.

Alex was elected to EMBO in 2008 and was awarded the Hooke Medal of the British Society for Cell Biology in 2011. He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013.

He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Development and PLOS Biology and is a member of the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship Interview Committee.

Alex's current research interests include the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms regulating growth and metabolism. His laboratory uses model systems, including fruit flies and mice, and a range of genetic, molecular, microscopy and metabolomics research techniques.