About Dr Chris Rider

Dr Chris Rider gained his B Sc followed by a Ph D from the Department of Biochemistry at Sheffield University in the UK, where he continued as a Medical Research Council funded researcher, and was appointed an Honorary Lecturer. He then moved to the School of Biological at Royal Holloway University of London, eventually becoming Reader in Matrix Biology. Here he supervised externally-funded biochemical research on topics encompassing neuroscience, the immune system, plant molecular biology, HIV and growth factors. He also spent a sabbatical year as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. Following his retirement from full-time employment he remains a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway.  He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers, and co-authored 2 scientific reviews.

He has published a book entitled ‘ A Brief History of Genetics’ which seeks to explain to a lay readership how this powerful science emerged, and how it impacts on our daily lives.

It is available as hardback or paperback from the publishers website:-


More economically it is also available a Kindle edition. Please search for it by title on the book section of Amazon in your country of residence.