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Dr Gavin Merrifield

Digital Officer / Publicity Officer

Dr Gavin Merrifield

Gavin originally studied for his undergraduate degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Exeter. He followed this up with a PgDip in Physics (Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices) at St. Andrews and Heriot-Watt universities. He then spent his research career working across the biological and biomedical sciences at Edinburgh and Glasgow including a PhD in functional brain imaging before moving into roles in university administration. His particular area of research was in the use of magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study animal models of disease and also in primary research of novel subjects such as  live invertebrates and fish. 

During this time he also developed a strong interest in the interfaces of science with society and also religion, as well as public engagement with academia.

He is especially interested in the theological implications of new scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the life and practices of the Christian church. Currently his main interest in this regard is with potential new forms of intelligent and self-aware life such as extra-terrestrial or artificial intelligence.

Gavin is also a national committee member of Christians in Science and works with both the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and the God and the Big Bang schools project.


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