Charles Thaxton is a member of the Discovery Institute, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University, and completed two post-doctoral programs. One was in History of Science at Harvard University and the second in the Molecular Biology laboratories of Brandeis University. He has specifically studied the origin of life and science's relationship with Christianity throughout history. He has co-authored the books of The Mystery of Life's Origin and The Soul of Science as well as published articles in the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Scientific Instruments, and Journal of Cell Biology. Finally, he is Academic Editor of the known high school biology book Of Pandas and People.