Hilary Godwin, Ph.D.

Work Titles and Affiliation
UCLA Chair, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Public Health
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1994
B.S., University of Chicago, 1989 -
Academic Experience:
1994 - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Biophysical Chemistry
Honors and Awards:
2002 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, HHMI Professor

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(310) 794-2106

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(310) 794-5496

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(310) 794-9112

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(310) 794-1238

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UCLA Pub Hlth-Envir Hlth Sci
BOX 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Public Health. 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. Dr. Godwin has received several awards, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Toxicology New Investigator Award, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of lead. She also works actively with community groups to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.


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 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, 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.
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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Amino Acid Sequence Animals Binding Sites Binding, Competitive Cations, Divalent Chickens Cobalt DNA DNA-Binding Proteins Erythroid-Specific DNA-Binding Factors GATA1 Transcription Factor Humans Hydrogen-Ion Concentration Ions Kinetics Lead Metals Models, Molecular Molecular Sequence Data Protein Binding Protein Structure, Tertiary Recombinant Proteins Spectrophotometry Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet Thermodynamics Transcription Factors Zinc Zinc Fingers

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