Bram is an astrophysicist and educator. He studies gas flows around black holes and neutron stars using X-ray and UV telescopes, studies the stellar winds of hot stars, and the interstellar medium (gas between stars). He has done research at NASA, Harvard, and MIT, and taught at several colleges and universities. Currently tenured at a branch of the University of Georgia system, Bram teaches all levels of physics and astronomy and involves students in his research and supervises the university's astronomy club. He has also co-taught a science fiction class with a biologist and English professor. Bram has taken part in televised debates with the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network on the meaning of life with a pastor and psychologist. Bram earned his undergraduate degree (majoring in mathematics and physics) at Oberlin College, where he scored highest on the Putnam math competition. Earlier in high school he was one of 40 winners of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.