About Denis Alexander

Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow.

He was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that Dr Alexander was at the Imperial CancerResearch Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. Dr Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. Since 1992 he has been Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief and currently serves on the National Committee of Christians in Science and as a member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Rebuilding the Matrix: Science and Faith in the 21st Century (Oxford: Lion, 2001) which provides a general overview of the science-religion debate. More recently he has edited Can We Know Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernity (Leicester: Apollos, 2005), co-authored (with Bob White FRS) Beyond Belief: ­Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges (Oxford: Lion, 2004), published Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? (Oxford: Monarch, 2008, 4th printing 2010), and co-edited with Ronald Numbers Biology and Ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins (Chicago University Press, 2010). His most recent book, The Language of Genetics: An Introduction (Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press) was published in Spring 2011.