Robert Pollack

Bob Pollack has been Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia since 1978, Director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion since 1999, and Director of University Seminars since 2011. Additionally, he is a Lecturer at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, a member of the Earth Institute Faculty, and an adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary. He was Dean of Columbia College from 1982 to 1989. He has received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from Columbia University and the Gershom Mendel Seixas Award from the Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

Since 2006 he has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Columbia College Core course, Frontiers of Science, and he and CSSR co-director Cynthia Peabody have taught a 4-day intensive course, "DNA, Evolution, and the Soul," at Union Theological Seminary. Since 2009, he has been one of four faculty teaching the EEEB 4321 "Human Identity," a senior seminar in the Human Biology major in that department.  

He is the author of more than a hundred research papers on the oncogenic phenotype of mammalian cells in culture. In addition he has written as many and more opinion pieces and reviews on aspects of molecular biology, medical ethics and science education.  He has published three books since 1994: “Signs of Life,” The Missing Moment,” and “The Faith of Biology, the Biology of Faith.”  His fourth book, a narration of the work of his wife, the artist Amy Pollack, “The Course of Nature,” appeared in 2012.