Robert PollackRobert Pollack has been Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia since 1978 and Director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion since 1999. He is also a Lecturer at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (since 1998), an adjunct Professor for Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary (since 2002), and at New York Theological Seminary (since 2008). He was Dean of Columbia College from 1982 to 1989. He received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from Columbia University and the Gershom Mendel Seixas Award from the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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 many opinion pieces and reviews on aspects of molecular biology, medical ethics and science education, and has edited two books on these matters for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.