Miryam Z. Wahrman, Ph.D.


MIRYAM Z. WAHRMAN is Professor of Biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she has also served as Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Chair of the Department of Biology, and Director of General Education.   She is currently Director of MAST, the Math and Science Teachers Program, at WPU. 

Wahrman has developed and teaches bioethics courses and supervises students in bioethics research projects.  Wahrman’s book, Brave New Judaism: When Science and Scripture Collide (University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press), has received many accolades, including a starred review (awarded for book of outstanding quality) from Publishers Weekly.   

Wahrman is also an award-winning journalist, serving as science correspondent for the New Jersey Jewish Standard.  

After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, Wahrman completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Cornell University. She did postdoctoral research at Sloan-Kettering Institute, Cornell University, and Rockefeller University.  As embryologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine she set up the first In Vitro Fertilization lab in New York State. She has published her research in the areas of reproductive biology, cancer, genetic engineering and biotechnology as well as over 170 articles on topics in science and health, including the interface of biomedical ethics and Jewish law.