Alan graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Physiology & Biochemistry in 1979, joining the Faculty of Medicine in a research assistant role the same year. Commencing part-time doctoral studies in 1983, supervised by Professor Anthony Postle, he gained his PhD in the Faculty in 1987, with a research expertise in lipid biochemistry/enzymology/metabolism. Since then, he has established International as well as Pharma, National and Cross-Faculty collaborative links in diverse areas of lipid metabolism from biomedicine to biophysics and to the basic biochemistry of coral reefs and the impacts of climate change. He has a broad teaching portfolio that spans many areas of the early years curriculum of the BM courses in Southampton. He is currently the Deputy Year 2 Lead for the BM5/BM6/BMEU program.
Dr Hunt began the teaching side of his work supervising undergraduate medical student, and biomedical student, research projects in the 1990s and served as Head of Field for all Child Health undergraduate research projects for 15 years. He has gained considerable teaching experience over nearly 30 years, across all BM Programs within the Medical Faculty. He is currently Deputy Year 2 Lead for the BM5/6/EU programs and is involved in Lecturing/Tutoring/Facilitating for both Year 1 & 2, as well as in Years 1 & 2 of the BM4 Program and Year 3 of the BMIT Program. His teaching interests span a diverse range of topics and expertise; these include Physiology, Biochemistry, Teamworking for Healthcare Professionals as well as Research Methodologies, Biomedical Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal. In 2005 he was one of the first Medical Faculty recipients of the newly created Vice Chancellors Teaching Awards, having been nominated for his small group work in Interprofessional Learning. As part of a BM5 course rearrangement, in 2013/14 he helped define and set up the Year 2 module “Research for Medicine & Health” which prepares students for their Year 3 Research Projects. He then ran that module as lead for the following 6 years. In 2014 he also presented cross-Faculty study “ "Pathological Mechanisms of Disease”, an interprofessional module for students from any programme” at the AMEE meeting in Milan, Italy