Alex Adronov was born in Kaunas, Lithuania (part of former USSR), and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was seven years old. He grew up in Windsor, Ont. He received his BSc degree in honours biological chemistry from McMaster University in 1996. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in research projects within the groups of Françoise Winnik in 1994 and Cornelia Bohne in 1995, during which time he developed his interest in polymers, chromophores, and fluorescence spectroscopy. His senior thesis was carried out in the group of Michael Brook, solidifying his interest in synthetic polymer chemistry. He then went on to graduate studies in the group of Jean M. J. Frechet at University of California at Berkeley. He received his PhD in 2001, and immediately took up an assistant professor position at McMaster University, where he has been ever since. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2007. In 2009, he became the associate chair of graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster.