Hilary Godwin, Ph.D.

Work Titles
California NanoSystems Institute Member, California NanoSystems Institute
UCLA Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Fielding School of Public Health
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1994
B.S., University of Chicago, 1989
Academic Experience:
1994 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Biophysical Chemistry
Honors and Awards:
2014 - UCLA Distinguished Teacher Award for Senate Faculty
2009 - American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Fellow
2002 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, HHMI Professor

Contact Information:

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Fax Number:

(310) 825-8440

Office Phone Number:

(310) 794-1238

Mailing Address:

UCLA Pub Hlth-Office of the Dean
BOX 951772, 16-035 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Godwin's current research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of engineered nanomaterials and on the development of assays for detection and analysis of infectious diseases. She also works actively with local organizations and community groups to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Fielding School of Public Health in addition to holding an appointment as Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1989 and a Ph.D. Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in 1994. She conducted postdoctoral research from 1994-1996 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, where she was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she was an Assistant Professor (1996-2000), Associate Professor (2000-2006), Associate Chair (2003-2004), and Chair (2004-2006) of Chemistry. While at UCLA, she has also served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (2007-2008) and Faculty Director for the Global Bio Lab at UCLA (2009-2011 and 2013-2014).


Keller, A.; Gardea-Torresdey, J; Adeleye, A.; Conway, J.; Garner, K. L.; Zhao, L.; Cherr, G.; Hong, J.; Godwin, H. A.; Hanna, S.; Kaweeteerawat, C.; Lin, S.; Lenihan, H.; Torres-Duarte, C.; Zink, J.; Ji, Z.; Peralta-Videa, J.; Zuverza-Mena, N.; Walker, S.; Taylor, A.; Miller, R.; Nel, A.   Comparative Environmental Fate and Toxicity of Copper Nanomaterials Nanoimpact, 2017; 7: 28-40.
Buono Sean A, Godwin Hilary A, Green Nicole M   Comparing Three Treponemal Tests for Syphilis Screening Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 2017; 89(3): 173-177.
Romero-Franco Michelle, Godwin Hilary A, Bilal Muhammad, Cohen Yoram   Needs and challenges for assessing the environmental impacts of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) Beilstein journal of nanotechnology, 2017; 8(3): 989-1014.
Adelaine Sabrina A, Sato Mizuki, Jin Yufang, Godwin Hilary   An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Los Angeles (California USA) Hospitals, Wildfires Highest Priority Prehospital and disaster medicine, 2017; 32(5): 556-562.
Malloy Timothy, Zaunbrecher Virginia, Beryt Elizabeth, Judson Richard, Tice Raymond, Allard Patrick, Blake Ann, Cote Ila, Godwin Hilary, Heine Lauren, Kerzic Patrick, Kostal Jakub, Marchant Gary, McPartland Jennifer, Moran Kelly, Nel Andre, Ogunseitan Oladele, Rossi Mark, Thayer Kristina, Tickner Joel, Whittaker Margaret, Zarker Ken   Advancing alternatives analysis: The role of predictive toxicology in selecting safer chemical products and processes Integrated environmental assessment and management, 2017; 13(5): 915-925.
Holden Patricia A, Gardea-Torresdey Jorge L, Klaessig Fred, Turco Ronald F, Mortimer Monika, Hund-Rinke Kerstin, Cohen Hubal Elaine A, Avery David, Barceló Damià, Behra Renata, Cohen Yoram, Deydier-Stephan Laurence, Ferguson P Lee, Fernandes Teresa F, Herr Harthorn Barbara, Henderson W Matthew, Hoke Robert A, Hristozov Danail, Johnston John M, Kane Agnes B, Kapustka Larry, Keller Arturo A, Lenihan Hunter S, Lovell Wess, Murphy Catherine J, Nisbet Roger M, Petersen Elijah J, Salinas Edward R, Scheringer Martin, Sharma Monita, Speed David E, Sultan Yasir, Westerhoff Paul, White Jason C, Wiesner Mark R, Wong Eva M, Xing Baoshan, Steele Horan Meghan, Godwin Hilary A, Nel André E   Considerations of Environmentally Relevant Test Conditions for Improved Evaluation of Ecological Hazards of Engineered Nanomaterials Environmental science & technology, 2016; 50(12): 6124-45.
Sokolow Sharona, Godwin Hilary, Cole Brian L   Impacts of Urban Water Conservation Strategies on Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Health: Southern California as a Case Study American journal of public health, 2016; 106(5): 941-8.
Alvarez Evelyn, Uslan Daniel Z, Malloy Timothy, Sinsheimer Peter, Godwin Hilary   It is time to revise our approach to registering antimicrobial agents for health care settings American journal of infection control, 2016; 44(2): 228-32.
Kaweeteerawat Chitrada, Chang Chong Hyun, Roy Kevin R, Liu Rong, Li Ruibin, Toso Daniel, Fischer Heidi, Ivask Angela, Ji Zhaoxia, Zink Jeffrey I, Zhou Z Hong, Chanfreau Guillaume Francois, Telesca Donatello, Cohen Yoram, Holden Patricia Ann, Nel Andre E, Godwin Hilary A   Cu Nanoparticles Have Different Impacts in Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus brevis than Their Microsized and Ionic Analogues ACS nano, 2015; 9(7): 7215-25.
Godwin Hilary, Nameth Catherine, Avery David, Bergeson Lynn L, Bernard Daniel, Beryt Elizabeth, Boyes William, Brown Scott, Clippinger Amy J, Cohen Yoram, Doa Maria, Hendren Christine Ogilvie, Holden Patricia, Houck Keith, Kane Agnes B, Klaessig Frederick, Kodas Toivo, Landsiedel Robert, Lynch Iseult, Malloy Timothy, Miller Mary Beth, Muller Julie, Oberdorster Gunter, Petersen Elijah J, Pleus Richard C, Sayre Philip, Stone Vicki, Sullivan Kristie M, Tentschert Jutta, Wallis Philip, Nel Andre E   Nanomaterial categorization for assessing risk potential to facilitate regulatory decision-making ACS nano, 2015; 9(4): 3409-17.
Godwin Hilary, Heymann S Jody   A call to action: training public health students to be effective agents for social change American journal of public health, 2015; 105 Suppl 1(2): S34-7.
Buono Sean A, Watson Tyler D, Borenstein Lee A, Klausner Jeffrey D, Pandori Mark W, Godwin Hilary A   Stemming the tide of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae: the need for an individualized approach to treatment The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 2015; 70(2): 374-81.
Kaweeteerawat Chitrada, Ivask Angela, Liu Rong, Zhang Haiyuan, Chang Chong Hyun, Low-Kam Cecile, Fischer Heidi, Ji Zhaoxia, Pokhrel Suman, Cohen Yoram, Telesca Donatello, Zink Jeffrey, Mädler Lutz, Holden Patricia A, Nel Andre, Godwin Hilary   Toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in Escherichia coli correlates with conduction band and hydration energies Environmental science & technology, 2015; 49(2): 1105-12.
Holden Patricia A, Schimel Joshua P, Godwin Hilary A   Five reasons to use bacteria when assessing manufactured nanomaterial environmental hazards and fates Current opinion in biotechnology, 2014; 27(7505): 73-8.
Ivask Angela, Elbadawy Amro, Kaweeteerawat Chitrada, Boren David, Fischer Heidi, Ji Zhaoxia, Chang Chong Hyun, Liu Rong, Tolaymat Thabet, Telesca Donatello, Zink Jeffrey I, Cohen Yoram, Holden Patricia Ann, Godwin Hilary A   Toxicity mechanisms in Escherichia coli vary for silver nanoparticles and differ from ionic silver ACS nano, 2014; 8(1): 374-86.
Nel Andre E, Nasser Elina, Godwin Hilary, Avery David, Bahadori Tina, Bergeson Lynn, Beryt Elizabeth, Bonner James C, Boverhof Darrell, Carter Janet, Castranova Vince, Deshazo J R, Hussain Saber M, Kane Agnes B, Klaessig Frederick, Kuempel Eileen, Lafranconi Mark, Landsiedel Robert, Malloy Timothy, Miller Mary Beth, Morris Jeffery, Moss Kenneth, Oberdorster Gunter, Pinkerton Kent, Pleus Richard C, Shatkin Jo Anne, Thomas Russell, Tolaymat Thabet, Wang Amy, Wong Jeffrey   A multi-stakeholder perspective on the use of alternative test strategies for nanomaterial safety assessment ACS nano, 2013; 7(8): 6422-33.
Xia Tian, Malasarn Davin, Lin Sijie, Ji Zhaoxia, Zhang Haiyuan, Miller Robert J, Keller Arturo A, Nisbet Roger M, Harthorn Barbara H, Godwin Hilary A, Lenihan Hunter S, Liu Rong, Gardea-Torresdey Jorge, Cohen Yoram, Mädler Lutz, Holden Patricia A, Zink Jeffrey I, Nel Andre E   Implementation of a multidisciplinary approach to solve complex nano EHS problems by the UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 2013; 9(9-10): 1428-43.
Lin Sijie, Zhao Yan, Ji Zhaoxia, Ear Jason, Chang Chong Hyun, Zhang Haiyuan, Low-Kam Cecile, Yamada Kristin, Meng Huan, Wang Xiang, Liu Rong, Pokhrel Suman, Mädler Lutz, Damoiseaux Robert, Xia Tian, Godwin Hilary A, Lin Shuo, Nel André E   Zebrafish high-throughput screening to study the impact of dissolvable metal oxide nanoparticles on the hatching enzyme, ZHE1 Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 2013; 9(9-10): 1776-85.
Ivask Angela, Suarez Elizabeth, Patel Trina, Boren David, Ji Zhaoxia, Holden Patricia, Telesca Donatello, Damoiseaux Robert, Bradley Kenneth A, Godwin Hilary   Genome-wide bacterial toxicity screening uncovers the mechanisms of toxicity of a cationic polystyrene nanomaterial Environmental science & technology, 2012; 46(4): 2398-405.
Ji Z, Jin X, George S, Xia T, Meng H, Wang X, Suarez E, Zhang H, Hoek EM, Godwin H, Nel AE, Zink JI   Dispersion and stability optimization of TiO2 nanoparticles in cell culture media Environ Sci Technol, 2010; 44(19): 7309-14.
Godwin Hilary A, Chopra Kabir, Bradley Kenneth A, Cohen Yoram, Harthorn Barbara Herr, Hoek Eric M V, Holden Patricia, Keller Arturo A, Lenihan Hunter S, Nisbet Roger M, Nel Andre E   The University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Environmental science & technology, 2009; 43(17): 6453-7.
Godwin HA, Chopra K, Bradley KA, Cohen Y, Harthorn BH, Hoek EM, Holden P, Keller AA, Lenihan HS, Nisbet RM, Nel AE   The University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Environ Sci Technol, 2009; 43(17): 6453-7.
Houck Lynne D, Watts Richard A, Arnold Stevan J, Bowen Kathleen E, Kiemnec Karen M, Godwin Hilary A, Feldhoff Pamela W, Feldhoff Richard C   A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander Chemical senses, 2008; 33(7): 623-31.
Houck, L. D. Watts, R. A. Arnold, S. J. Bowen, K. E. Kiemnec, K. M. Godwin, H. A. Feldhoff, P. W. Feldhoff, R. C.   A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander Chemical Senses, 2008; 33(7): 623-631.
Mayer R Aeryn, Godwin Hilary Arnold   Preparation of media and buffers with soluble lead Analytical biochemistry, 2006; 356(1): 142-4.
Andersen Ryan J, diTargiani Robert C, Hancock Robert D, Stern Charlotte L, Goldberg David P, Godwin Hilary A   Characterization of the first N2S(alkylthiolate)lead compound: a model for three-coordinate lead in biological systems Inorganic chemistry, 2006; 45(17): 6574-6.
Andersen, R. J.; diTargani, R. C.; Hancock, R. D.; Stern, C. L.; Goldberg, D. P.; Godwin, H. A.   Characterization of the first N2S(alkylthiolate)lead compound: A model for 3-coordinate lead in biological systems Inorg. Chem, 2006; 45: 16574-16576.
Mayer, R. A.; Godwin, H. A.   Preparation of Media and Buffers with Soluble Lead (Pb2+) Anal. Biochem, 2006; 356: 142-144.
McFarland, A.D.; Haynes, C.L.; Van Duyne, R.; Godwin, H.A.   Nanopatterning with Lithography J. Chem. Ed. , 2005; 82: 768A-768B.
Magyar, J.S.;Weng, T.C.; Stern, C.M.; Dye, D.F.; Rous, B.W.; Payne, J.C.; Bridgewater, B.M.; Milovilovich, A.; Parkin, G.;Zaleski, J.M.; Penner-Hahn, J.E.; Godwin, H.A.   Reexamination of Lead(II) Coordination Preferences in Sulfur-Rich Sites: Implications for a Critical Mechanism of Lead Poisoning J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2005; 127: 9495-9505.
Ghering, A.B.; Jenkins, L.M.M.; Schenck, B.L.; Deo, S.;Mayer, R.A.;Pikaart, M.J.;Omichinski, J.G.; Godwin, H.A.   Spectroscopic and Functional Determination of the Interaction of Pb2+ with GATA Proteins J Am. Chem. Soc. , 2005; 127: 3751-3759.
Godwin, H.A.; Davis, B.L.   Teaching Undergraduates at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology: Challenges and the Opportunities Nature Chem. Biol. , 2005; 1: 176-179.
McFarland, Adam D.; Haynes, Christy L.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Van Duyne, Richard P.; Godwin, Hilary A.   Color My Nanoworld J. Chem. Educ.2004, 2004; 81: 544A-544B.
Garcia, R. A. and Godwin, H. A.   High Metal Concentrations Are Required for Self-Association of Synaptotagmin II Biophys. J, 2004; 86: 2455-2466 .
Ghering, A. B.; Shokes, J. E.; Scott, R. A.; Omichinski, J. G.; Godwin, H. A.   Spectroscopic Determination of the Thermodynamics of Cobalt and Zinc Binding to GATA Proteins Biochemistry, 2004; 43: 8346-8355.
Claudio, E. S.; Magyar, J. S.; Godwin, H. A.   Fundamental Coordination Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Biochemistry of Lead(II) Prog. Inorg. Chem, 2003; 51: 1-144.
Payne, J. C;. Rous, B. W.; Tenderholt, A. L; Godwin, H. A.   Spectroscopic Determination of the Binding Affinity of Zinc to the DNA-Binding Domains of Nuclear Hormone Receptors Biochemistry, 2003; 42: 14214-14224.

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