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photo: Dr Ruth BancewiczDr Ruth Bancewicz – Project leader

Ruth has been a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion since it was established in 2006. After studying Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University, based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, working on gene-environment interactions during verterbrate development. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh University, she worked as the Development Officer for Christians in Science for three years, before moving full-time to the Faraday Institute. Ruth's Blog: scienceandbelief.wordpress.com

photo: Dr Denis AlexanderDr Denis Alexander – Faraday Institute Director

Denis Alexander is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College. He was previously an open scholar at Oxford University where he read biochemistry before carrying out research for 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 (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 Signaling and Development. Dr. Alexander left The Babraham Institute on 1st July 2008 to spend all his time on developing the work of The Faraday Institute.

Dr Alexander has published numerous articles and reviews, particularly in the research field of lymphocyte signalling and development. 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 Publishing, 2001) which provides a general overview of the science-religion debate.
More recently Dr Alexander has published (with co-author Bob White) 'Beyond Belief - Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges' (Oxford: Lion, 2004) and 'Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose?' (Oxford: Monarch, 2008).

photo: James CrockerJames Crocker – Research assistant

James Crocker was the research assistant for Dr. Ruth Bancewicz on the Test of Faith project for two years, and was involved in much of the research, writing and administration of the project. He graduated from the University of St Andrews University of St Andrews in 2007 with an MTheol. In his spare time he continued to study theology and philosophy, and in 2009 he presented a short paper on transhumanism and Christianity at 'Genesis and Christian Theology', a conference at the University of St Andrews. James is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in theology.