Alex Fennell


Alex joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2015 as a trainee patent attorney. He graduated from Oxford University (Exeter College) in 2010, having studied Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. After his degree, Alex decided to continue his research career and subsequently completed a Cancer Research UK funded PhD at University College London, the final year of which he spent at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

During his PhD, Alex investigated the role of specialised chromosomal regions in regulating bipolar spindle formation in fission yeast, uncovering an unanticipated function shared by centromeres and telomeres in the control of meiotic spindle assembly.

After completion of his PhD in February 2015, Alex worked with Sir Paul Nurse at the Francis Crick Institute, researching the effect of environmental signals on cellular differentiation.

Whilst at Oxford University, Alex played for the 1st XI football team. He is also a keen skier.


  • MBiochem (University of Oxford)
  • PhD (University College London)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law