Zella, one of four children, was the daughter of Dora and Hyman Luria. Her family also included her husband, the acclaimed molecular biologist Salvador Luria, whom she married in 1945. Her son Daniel Luria was born in 1948.
Outside of the classroom Zella was respected and highly regarded by colleagues.
"Why? because of the human condition."– Zella Luria, 70th birthday party invitation, February 19, 1994
She was a source of guidance, inspiration, and mentorship for current and former students throughout her life. To learn more about Professor Luria's relationships with her students, please visit Remembering Zella Luria.