Imperial College London

Dr Alex Cocker

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Honorary Research Associate



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I.02.03Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Alex completed a BSc in Biology at the University of Leeds in 2012, and from 2013 to 2015 worked as a Research Assistant at the St Stephen’s AIDS Trust, where he ran a number of clinical trials focussing on HIV, Hepatitis C and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. During this time Alex successfully applied for the Chelsea and Westminster JRC Studentship grant, and started his PhD exploring the effect of both pregnancy and HIV on immune function, under the supervision of Professor Mark Johnson and Dr Nesrina Imami. Following the completion of his PhD in 2019 Alex is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction working on assays to explore the cells of the uterine tissues during pregnancy.



Cocker A, Shah N, Raj I, et al., 2020, Pregnancy gestation impacts on HIV-1-specific granzyme B response and central memory CD4 T cells, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:11, ISSN:1664-3224

Cocker ATH, Greathead L, Herasimtschuk AA, et al., 2019, Therapeutic immunisation benefits mucosal-associated invariant T-cell recovery in contrast to IL-2, GM-CSF, and rhGH addition in HIV-1+ treated patients: individual case reports from phase I trial, Aids Research and Human Retroviruses, Vol:35, ISSN:0889-2229


Cocker A, Parham P, 2021, Meta-analysis of the CD56-negative NK cell subset indicates altered functional responses and unique KIR regulation, AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS, ISSN:0022-1767

Cocker A, Sivarajasingam S, Dermont S, et al., 2018, Gestational immunological adaptations and anti-viral responses are disrupted in HIV-1+pregnancies, 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Elsevier, Pages:318A-319A, ISSN:1933-7191

Sassine AJ, Sivarajasingam SP, Cocker ATH, et al., 2018, Erythrocyte oleic acid is correlated with increasing natural killer cells in maternal blood, 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Elsevier, Pages:319A-319A, ISSN:1933-7191

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