Daniel Nicholson holds Masters degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology (University of Bath) and in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Leeds). In 2010 he obtained his PhD in Philosophy (University of Exeter). His doctoral thesis presented a critical examination of mechanistic thinking in biology. At present, he is particularly interested in the role of machine models in biological explanations, in the task of providing a naturalistic account of organismic purposiveness, and in philosophical arguments for the autonomy of biology. He also has a longstanding interest in the history of theoretical biology. Dan was a postdoctoral fellowship at the KLI, a research fellow at the Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas of Tel Aviv University and a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis) of the University of Exeter.