Alumni Authors


As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of Oxford's North American-based alumni.
Our September 2020 book is "DNA Demystified: Unraveling The Double Helix" by Alan McHughen (Magdalen, 1976).

Alan McHughen is a public sector educator, scientist and consumer advocate. After earning his doctorate at Oxford University, Dr McHughen worked at Yale University and the University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of California, Riverside, as Professor, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist. A molecular geneticist with an interest in crop improvement and environmental sustainability, he helped develop US and Canadian regulations governing the safety of genetically engineered crops and foods. He served on US National Academy of Sciences panels investigating the environmental effects of transgenic plants, a second investigating the safety of genetically engineered foods and helped review a third looking at sustainability and economic impacts of biotechnology on US agriculture. As an educator and consumer advocate, he helps non-scientists understand the environmental and health impacts of both modern and traditional methods of food production. His award winning book, 'Pandora's Picnic Basket; The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods' uses understandable, consumer-friendly language to explode the myths and explore the genuine risks of genetic modification (GM) technology. An elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr McHughen was also awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship at US Department of State, serving as Science Advisor to the Secretary of State. He was also recruited for and appointed a Senior Policy Analyst for President Obama in the Executive Office of the President at the White House, Washington, DC. His latest popular science book, 'DNA Demystified' is available on Amazon and other booksellers.

You can purchase DNA Demystified: Unraveling The Double Helix here.



Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

Please visit our archive page to look back at previous Alumni Authors

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