Fintan Steele has been lucky enough to lead a varied and interesting, although some might say random and checkered, life. Despite receiving several half-baked, clinical psychological diagnoses to explain his life’s path, Steele believes that the real reason for this heterogeneity of experience is simply that he has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up.
He is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a new cross-institutional research powerhouse aimed at bringing genomic science into medical practice. As director of science education and communication, his job is to figure out how to tell people what the heck this means and to minimize their fright at the prospect.
In addition to a doctorate in genetics, Steele also haunted the halls of academia long enough to gain masters' degrees in both medical ethics and theology. He obtained the theology degree while he was a member of the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Meinrad, where he was also ordained a Catholic priest. He left the priesthood and the monastery after realizing that there was a substantial gulf, in his experience, between beauty and truth.
Steele has written about theology and genetics in both scientific and non-scientific venues. He is currently working on a book about the science and theology of intelligent design, or rather, about why intelligent design contains neither. He lives with his legal-in-Massachusetts husband Scott Beard and three rescued Cornish Rex cats in Medford, Massachusetts, the home of Jingle Bells and Amelia Earhart.