Name: Alexander N. Comninos
Mentor: Waljit S. Dhillo
Academic Affiliation: Imperial College London, UK
Alex joined Imperial College Medical School on Academic and Music Scholarships in 1997. Alex had an early enthusiasm for Endocrinology, undertaking an Endocrine BSc for which he was awarded 1st class honours. On completion of his medical degree, he pursued postgraduate training in Endocrinology & General Medicine. In 2011, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust PhD Fellowship to study kisspeptin biology. He authored several basic, translational and clinical publications investigating kisspeptin and NKB in humans as well as animal work exploring kisspeptin signalling in the amygdala. Alex has given oral presentations internationally, including at the last five Endocrine Society Annual meetings (2012-2016) winning ‘Outstanding Abstract’ awards (2014, 2016) and the ‘Best Oral Presentation in Reproductive Science’ (2015). Subsequently, Alex was awarded an NIHR Clinical Lectureship, a Wellcome Trust Institutional Lectureship and a Biomedical Research Centre grant. Alex remains heavily involved in clinical work and has recently been appointed as a Consultant Endocrinologist at Imperial (St. Mary’s, Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals London). His clinical and academic contributions were recently recognised by the UK Society for Endocrinology with the award of the prestigious ‘Early Career Clinical Prize’ presented to the leading young clinical endocrinologist in the UK (2015). Alex is a keen violinist and loves playing soccer. He is also a season-ticket holder at English soccer team Arsenal (for his sins!).
(Alex’s colleagues would also like to add that he is the artistic genius behind our Kisspeptin 2017 logo proudly displayed on our website and marketing material).