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 ATH, Liu F, Djaoud Z, et al., 2022, CD56-negative NK cells: Frequency in peripheral blood, expansion during HIV-1 infection, functional capacity, and KIR expression, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:13, ISSN:1664-3224

Liu F, Cocker ATH, Pugh JL, et al., 2022, Natural LILRB1 D1-D2 variants show frequency differences in populations and bind to HLA class I with various avidities, Immunogenetics, Vol:74, ISSN:0093-7711, Pages:513-525

Walwyn-Brown K, Pugh J, Cocker ATH, et al., 2022, Phosphoantigen-Stimulated gamma delta T Cells Suppress Natural Killer-Cell Responses to Missing-Self, Cancer Immunology Research, Vol:10, ISSN:2326-6066, Pages:558-570

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 A, Parham P, 2021, Meta-analysis of the CD56-negative NK cell subset indicates altered functional responses and unique KIR regulation, 104th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Immunologists (AAI), AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS, ISSN:0022-1767

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