Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak

Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak

Dr. Gayle Woloschak is currently a professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Religion and Science at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio), and a D.Min. in Eastern Christian Studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her laboratory interests include molecular biology, radiation biology and nano-biotechnology, and her science-religion fields include biological evolution, stem cell reasearch, and ecology.

View Dr. Woloschak's faculty profile on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Website.   

  • 1973-1976 B.S. summa cum laude, Biological Sciences, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
  • 1976-1980 Ph.D., Medical Sciences (Microbiology), Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
  • 1980-1983 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Immunology and Department of Cell Biology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2008  M. S., Applied Orthodox Theology, University of Balamand, affiliated with the Antiochian House of Studies
  • 2009-2012  D. Min., Eastern Christian Studies, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA

Buxhoveden, Daniel and Woloschak, Gayle.  (editors)  Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church, 2011, Ashgate Press


  • "HIV: How science shaped the ethics," Zygon, 38: 163-167, 2003
  • "Transplantation: Biomedical and ethical concerns raised by the cloning and stem cell debate,"  Zygon (2003) 38: 699-704
  • "The New Biology and Its Impact in Biomedical Strategies Against HIV/AIDS," Zygon (June 2004) 39(2):  477-486
  • "Nanotechnology: Small Times Are Upon Us," Journal of Lutheran Ethics (Feb. 2006) vol. 6, pp. 1-2
  • "Chance and Necessity in Peacocke’s Scientific Work,"  Zygon, (March, 2008) 43 (1):  73-81
  • "What is on the Horizon? What is Science Likely to be Doing in the Upcoming Years?"  IN Theological Foundations in an Age of Biological Intervention, edited by David C. Ratke, Lutheran University Press, 2007, pp. 25-40
  • "The Compatibility of the Principles of Evolution with Eastern Orthodoxy," St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, 2011, 55: 209-231
  • "Technology: Life and Death, Orthodoxy in Korea," 110th Anniversary of Orthodox Witness in Korea, 2010,  pp. 67-81 (in Korean, pp. 55-66)
  • "Reflections on Life: Lessons from Evolutionary Biology with Insights from Sergius Bulgakov,"  Issues of Science and Theology, in press, 2013
  • "God of Life:  Contemplating Evolution, Ecology, Extinction,"  Ecumenical Review (March 2013) 65 (1):  145-159, in press
  • "Perspectives on Orthodoxy, Evolution and Ecology" IN Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation, ed. by John Chryssavgis, Bruce V. Fotz, publication date June 2013.
  • In addition, over 170 scientific papers on nanotechnology, molecular biology, radiation biology, and others
  • February, 2010:  Invited speaker, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Symposium on Technology and Religion, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May, 2010:  Invited speaker, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church of Korea, Bioethical Conference, Death and End of Life Concerns
  • June, 2010:  Invited speaker, OTSA, Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary, Boston, MA; Questions at the Interface of Faith and Science
  • October 2010:  Invited speaker and workshop speaker, University of South Carolina First Symposium on Science and Society
  • December 2010:  Keynote speaker, Orthodox Campus Fellowship Conference, Antiochian Village winter break program, Ligonier, PA
  • March 2011:  Invited speaker, Ukrainian Orthodox League workshop, Villa Maria, PA
  • March 2011:  Invited keynote speaker, Conference on Bioethics, University of Texas-PanAm, McAllen, TX
  • July 2011:  Invited speaker, St. Vladimir’s Seminary summer conference, Syosset, NY
  • October 2011:  Invited speaker, Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology and Religion annual meeting, Brookline, MA
  • April 2012:  Invited plenary speaker, European Society for the Study of Science and Theology meeting, Estonia
  • Feb 2013:  Invited speaker, St. Irenaeus Society, St. Louis, MO
  • April 2013:  Invited conference speaker, Goshen Conference on Science and Religion, Goshen, IN
Teaching Experience: 
  • 2008-present:  Course Director, Epic of Creation course, Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
  • 2012-present:  Course Director, Future of Creation program, Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
  • 2006-present:  course lecturer, Advanced Seminar in Science and Religion, Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
  • 2002-present:  teaching a variety of science courses at Northwestern University, Ruth University Medical School, Loyola University Medical School, and Rosalind Franklin Medical School; Radiation Biology, Nanotechnology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cancer Biology
Church & Professional Activities: 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Center for the Advanced Study of Science and Religion
  • Associate Director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology
  • Treasurer, Orthodox Theological Society of America
  • Member, Joint Publication Board, Zygon:  A Journal of Religion and Science
  • Member, Advisory Committee for Templeton Prize in Science and Religion
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology and Religion
  • Also serve on the Board of Directors and Editorial Boards for a variety of science publications including Associate Editor for Radiation Research, PLoS One; Vice-President of Radiation Research Society; and others
  • Senior Scholar, Sophia Institute, Catholic Theological Union, NY
Other Work Experience: 
  • Professor (tenured), Northwestern University School of Medicine, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology; Co-Director, Cancer and Physical Sciences Program of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
  • Adjunct Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Visiting Professor, Alexandria University School of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Visiting Professor, Bundeswehr Radiation Biology Institute, Munich, Germany
  • Visiting Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo Technical Institute, Ningbo, China