Honorary Fellow, University of Leeds

Kersten Hall graduated from St. Anne's College, Oxford with a degree in biochemistry, before embarking on a PhD at the University of Leeds using molecular biology to study how viruses evade the human immune system. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine at Leeds during which time he developed a keen interest in the historical and philosophical roots of molecular biology. He is now Visiting Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, where his research focuses on the origins of molecular biology and in particular the role of the pioneering physicist William T. Astbury whose story is told in his book 'The Man in the Monkeynut Coat', published by Oxford University Press. Other research interests include a new translation of the work of Gregor Mendel, the 19th century monk whose research into hybridisation in pea plants is widely held as being the starting point of modern genetics.


  • –present
    Visiting Fellow, University of Leeds