Dr. Cheryl L. Weill received a B.S. degree from the College of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974. After additional training in molecular neuroscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories, and Harvard Medical School she embarked on an independent research and teaching career in the Departments of Neurology and Anatomy and the Neuroscience Center at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and concerned the survival of neurons during development, and the identification of the genes and the molecular signals used by neurons for their survival.
In 1993, she presented a lecture on the biology of sexual orientation at the PFLAG National Convention and has presented updated material upon which Nature's Choice is based forty-six times to PFLAG chapters, medical school classes, continuing education classes, graduate school classes, churches, social worker and other organizations. She retired from academic science in 1999, obtaineed a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Denver in 2001, is licensed as an LSW and is in private clinical practice in Denver, CO.