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Lee Ehrman

Distinguished Professor of Biology

Lee Ehrman, an eminent American geneticist and educator, was honored with the Distinguished Professor rank in 1995 by the State University Board of Trustees and a Chancellor‘s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1976. She is a founding member of the faculty at Purchase College, where she has taught since 1970.

Professor Ehrman received her Bachelor of Science from Queens College, City University of New York, in 1956. She holds an MS (1957) and a PhD in genetics (1959) from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she studied with and worked in the lab of Theodosius Dobzhansky, the pioneering geneticist and evolutionary biologist. In 1989, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the City University of New York .


  • Member of the faculty, Barnard College, 1956–1958.
  • Postdoctoral fellow in genetics, Columbia University, 1959–1961.
  • Member of the faculty, Purchase College, State University of New York, since 1970. Distinguished professor of biology since 1995.
  • Member, special study section, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1979–1980.
  • Visiting distinguished professor, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1981.
    Visiting lecturer, University Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1987.
  • Coordinator, panelist workshops, programs in field. Member panels, National Institutes of Health, since 2003.
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Research Support award Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001), Institute Society Ethics and Life Sciences.

Memberships

Member, American Association of University Women (life), American Society Naturalists (president 1990), Behavior Genetics Association (president 1978, Dobzhansky award for lifetime research 1988), Society for Study of Evolution (executive council 1986), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.

Publications

Books (selected)

Behavior genetics and evolution Ehrman, Lee. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1981.

Euphenics Ehrman, Lee; Nagle, James J. In: Reich, Warren T., ed. Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Volume 1. New York : Free Press, 1978. [book chapter]

The genetics of behavior Ehrman, Lee; Parsons, Peter A. Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, c1976.

Genetics, environment, and behavior; implications for educational policy. Edited by Lee Ehrman, Gilbert S. Omenn [and] Ernst Caspari. Contributors: V. Elving Anderson [et al.]. Anderson, V Elving (Victor Elving), 1921-2014; Caspari, Ernst W; Ehrman, Lee; Omenn, Gilbert S; Committee on Basic Research in Education. New York, Academic Press, 1972.

Journal Articles (selected)

Infectious Speciation Revisited: Impact of Symbiont-Depletion on Female Fitness and Mating Behavior of Drosophila paulistorum Wolfgang J. Miller, Lee Ehrman, Daniela Schneider, PLoS Pathog. 2010 Dec; 6(12): e1001214. Published online 2010 Dec 2. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001214

Commentary on Klar. Lee Ehrman, Ira B Perelle, Genetics. 2004 Aug; 167(4): 2139–2142. doi: 10.1534/genetics.104.029629

Does the Rare Male Advantage Result from Faulty Experimental Design? Jack E. Leonard, Lee Ehrman, Genetics. 1983 Aug; 104(4): 713–716.

Mechanisms of Male Sterility in Hybrids of the DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM Group Santiago Perez-Salas, Lee Ehrman, Genetics. 1971 Sep; 69(1): 63–70.

Induction of Sterility in Drosophila paulistorum: Effect of Cytoplasmic Factors, D. L. Williamson, Lee Ehrman, R. P. Kernaghan, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1971 Sep; 68(9): 2158–2160.

The Mating Advantage of Rare Males in Drosophila, Lee Ehrman, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1970 Feb; 65(2): 345–348.

On the Etiology of the Sterility of Hybrids between Certain Strains of DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM Lee Ehrman, D. L. Williamson, Genetics. 1969 May; 62(1): 193–199.

UNUSUAL FILAMENTOUS STRUCTURES IN THE PARAGONIA OF MALE DROSOPHILA Bernard Tandler, David L. Williamson, Lee Ehrman, J Cell Biol. 1968 Aug 1; 38(2): 329–336.

Induction of Hybrid Sterility in Nonhybrid Males of DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM David L. Williamson, Lee Ehrman, Genetics. 1967 Jan; 55(1): 131–140.

THE SUPERSPECIES DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM Th. Dobzhansky, Lee Ehrman, O. Pavlovsky, B. Spassky, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1964 Jan; 51(1): 3–9.

APPARENT CYTOPLASMIC STERILITY IN DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM Lee Ehrman, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1963 Feb; 49(2): 155–157.

THE TRANSITIONAL RACES OF DROSOPHILA PAULISTORUM: A STUDY OF HYBRID STERILITY Lee Ehrman, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1962 Feb; 48(2): 157–159.

The Genetics of Sexual Isolation in Drosophila Paulistorum Lee Ehrman, Genetics. 1961 Aug; 46(8): 1025–1038.