Professor Lee M. Silver, Ph.D.

Professor Lee M. Silver
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
I’m still amazed by the fact that a single cell, smaller than I can see, is all that it takes to create a complete human being with a human brain.
Dr. Lee M. Silver is Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of both the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with joint appointments in Princeton's Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; the Center for Health and Wellbeing; the Princeton Environmental Institute; and the Center for Law and Public Affairs. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Biophysics from Harvard University. He received postdoctoral training in mammalian genetics at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and in molecular genetics at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory under the direction of Nobel laureate James D. Watson. Professor Silver's books include Challenging Nature: The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality and Remaking Eden, as well as textbooks in genetics. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in the fields of genetics, evolution, reproduction, embryology, computer modeling, and behavioral science, as well as other scholarly papers on topics at the interface between biotechnology, law, ethics, and religion.

"Professor Silver has a clear sharp focused style that enlightens the subject and the student with effortless interesting facts drawn from common experiences of everyday life."