Prof. Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.

Laurie Zoloth is Professor of Ethics and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies and History from the University of California at Berkeley, her B.S.N. from the University of the State of New York, her M.A. in English from San Francisco State University,and her M.A. in Jewish Studies and Ph.D. in Social Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

In 1999, Zoloth gave testimony to the National Bioethics Advisory Board on Jewish philosophy and stem cell research. In 2000, she was selected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center. She also was awarded an NIH ELSI (Ethical,Legal, and Social Issures of the Human Genome) Grant to explore the ethical issues after the mapping of the human genome. In 2001, Zoloth was the President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Also in 2001, she was named as the principle investigator for the International Project on Judaism and Genetics, co-sponsored by the AAAS, and supported by the Haas Foundation and the Greenwall fund. She is a member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the nation's highest civilian advisory board for NASA, the Executive Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and she is the Chair of the newly formed Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board. She has been awarded three faculty recognition awards at SFSU, for teaching large classes, for research, and for community service.

Dr. Zoloth has published extensively in the areas of ethics, family, feminist theory, religion, and science, Jewish studies, and social policy in The Hastings Center Report, The Journal of Clinical Ethics, Theoretical Medicine, The Cambridge Quarterly, The HEC Forum, Medical Humanities Review, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Tikkun Magazine, Judaism, The Journal of Religious Ethics, and has authored chapters in 27 books. Her book, Healthcare and the Ethics of Encounter, was published in 1999. Her current research projects include work on both the ethics of ordinary life, and the emerging issues in medical and research genetics.

Chair, Dept. Jewish Studies

San Francisco State University

note: Laurie is currently Professor of Medical Ethics & Humanities at Northwestern University


event description


what are stem cells?

stem cell resources


comments or q's


home | speakers | event description | what are stem cells? | stem cell resources | directions | comments or q's | webcast

Organized by the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology
Phone 847/491-5521 • fax 847/491-5211 • e-mail
© 2001 Northwestern University World Wide Web Disclaimer and University Policy Statements
Revised February 17, 2005