Dr. Denis Alexander

Director, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Denis Alexander is Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University, UK. He was previously an open scholar at Oxford University, where he read biochemistry before carrying out research for a Ph.D. in neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Following this he spent 15 years in academic positions in the Middle East, latterly (1981-86) as Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Upon his return to the UK he worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) and, since 1989, at the Babraham Institute, where he was Chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development, before leaving in 2008. Dr. Alexander has published numerous articles and reviews, particularly in his research field of lymphocyte signalling and development, most recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is also Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief and contributes papers as part of the Cambridge Papers writing group. 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 Be Sure About 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).