Dr. David Kirby

Dr. Kirby was a practicing evolutionary geneticist before leaving bench science to become Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies at the University of Manchester. Several of his publications address the relationship between cinema, biotechnology, and cultural meanings. His book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema examines collaborations between scientists and the entertainment industry. He recently received a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award to analyse the interactions among the biosciences, religion, and fiction. His current book project (Indecent Science: Religion, Science and Movie Censorship, 1930-1968) will explore how movies served as a battleground over science’s role in influencing morality.