Dr Denis AlexanderDr Denis Alexander

Emeritus Director
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Dr Denis Alexander was an open scholar at Oxford University where he read biochemistry before undertaking a PhD 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, London, and from 1989-2008 at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, where he was Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme. In 1997 he became a fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge.

In January 2006 Dr Alexander became Founding Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, which is part of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, a position he held until October 2013 at which point he became Emeritus Director.
Dr Alexander has published numerous articles and reviews, particularly in the research field of lymphocyte signalling and development. He was previously Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief from 1993-2013, serves on the ISSR executive committee, was on the Christians in Science national committee and contributes papers as part of the Cambridge Papers writing group. He was a 2012 Gifford Lecturer. His first book on science and faith was Beyond Science (Oxford, 1972). More recently he has written the critically acclaimed book Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century (Oxford: Lion Publishing, 2001) which provides a general overview of the science-religion debate, and other more recent books include Can We Know Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernity (ed, Leicester: Apollos, 2005), Beyond Belief – Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges (co-authored with Bob White FRS, Oxford: Lion, 2004),  Creation or Evolution – Do We Have to Choose? (Oxford: Monarch, 2008, 2nd end 2014), Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins (co-edited with Ronald Numbers, Chicago University Press, 2010) and The Language of Genetics - an Introduction [Templeton Foundation Press, 2011]. Dr Alexander gave the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University in December 2012 and these were published under the title Genes, Determinism and God (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Dr Alexander lectures and broadcasts widely on the subject of science and religion.

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes

Religion, Philosophy & History Interests

Christianity-Protestantism, History of Science, Islam, Theology

Science & Technology Interests

Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Human Origins, Neuroscience


Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

Monarch Books 2008