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Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould

Dr Alexander Gould FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2022






Alex Gould is a developmental biologist working in the field of developmental metabolism. He has combined innovative metabolic profiling and imaging methods with genetic analysis in order to identify how animals respond to environmental stresses during early life.

Alex’s research has shown how exposure to mild metabolic stresses during development can lead to substantial increases in longevity. He has also identified key metabolic processes that selectively protect neural stem cells in the developing brain from starvation and hypoxia. Alex’s work has shown at the cellular and molecular level how organisms adapt, within their lifetime, to an adverse environment.

Alex is a principal group leader at the Francis Crick Institute and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a recipient of the Hooke Medal.

Professional positions

Senior Group Leader, Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Developmental biology, Genetics (excluding population genetics)
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical)


Metabolomics, Mass spectrometry imaging

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