Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak

Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak

Professor of Bioethics

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.   

Educational Background

  • B.S., Youngstown State University
  • Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic
  • M.S., University of Balamand
  • D. Min., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Teaching Interests

  • Science and Religion topics
  • Bioethics
  • Evolution
  • Environment

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Book in progress with Dr. Leonard Hummel (Lutheran) on pastoral aspects of cancer
  • Working on science-religion project with several scholars at Lutheran School of Theology

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

  • D.Min. course on Bioethics

Selected Publications

  • “Have we replaced the Holy Spirit with Ideology?,” The Wheel, issue 4, pp. 4-11, 2016
  • “Becoming Human: Weaving Together Genetics and Personhood,” article in: Embracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass Window: A Festschift in honor of Archbishop Antje Jackelen, ED: Jennifer Baldwin, Springer, 2015
  • “Reflections on Life: Lessons from evolutionary biology,” with insights from Sergius Bulgakov chapter 4, in: Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life? (EDS Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelen, Knut-Willy Saether), Springer, 2015, pp. 43-55
  • “Biblical Literalism” in: Reintroducing Christianity, ED by Amir Azarvan, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016, pp 77-84.
  • Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer, Zygon, 2016, in press, co-authored with Dr. Leonard Hummel

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board for The Wheel
  • Member, Advisory Board, Fordham University Orthodox Christian Studies Program, Publications group
  • President, Orthodox Theological Society of America; organizer, annual meeting Fordham University, June 25-27 2015; Chair of special Conference, May 26-27 2016
  • President, Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion; chaired meeting November 5-7 2015
  • Invited speaker, “Science-Religion Dialogue,” Science-religion conference Windber, PA, June 30-July 2 2015
  • Invited speaker and panel participant, Orthodox Theological Program, House of Studies, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Ligonier, PA, September 3-6 2015
  • Invited speaker, Greek Orthodox Young Adult League, “Science and Faith in Perspective”, Chicago 2016
  • Invited participant, Ecumenical Patriarchate meeting of Orthodox Scholars, 06-07 January 2016, Istanbul
  • General Secretary, Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
  • Member, Advisory Board, Science and Orthodox Around the World (SOW), Athens, Greece; first conference to be held in February 2017
  • Member, Joint Publication Board for Zygon journal
  • Member, Advisory Board, Science, Theology and Philosophy journal
  • Vice-President, Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science, 2013-present

Recent Awards

  • 2014: Landiss Lecture in Science and Religion, Georgia Tech
  • 2014: Patricia Durbin Distinguished Lecturer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2014-present: named delegate representing the United States of America at United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR); appointment by US State Department
  • 2014: Research Award in Radiation Oncology Department named: Gayle E. Woloschak Research Award
  • 2015: Emory University Distinguished Lecturer in Radiology