UCLA Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology


BIOGRAPHY (March 2004)



Bob Goldberg is a plant molecular biologist who specializes in the area of plant gene expression.  The goal of his research has been to understand how plant cells differentiate and how genes are activated selectively in specialized cell types during plant development.  Professor Goldberg's research has provided a conceptual foundation for the processes that regulate gene expression in higher plants.  Professor Goldberg received a B.S. in Botany at Ohio University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Genetics from The University of Arizona.  Professor Goldberg was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and joined the UCLA faculty in 1976.  Professor Goldberg has served as Director of the Plant Genetics Grant Program at the USDA, has been on the Editorial Boards of many internationally recognized journals such as Science, and was the Founding Editor and Editor-In-Chief of The Plant Cell, the leading journal in the area of plant molecular biology.  He has been the organizer of many major international plant molecular biology meetings, is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Ceres. Inc., a Malibu-based Plant Genomics Company, and is the Director of The Seed Institute – an intercampus “institute without walls” within the University of California dedicated to unraveling the processes that control seed development.  Professor Goldberg has received several awards recognizing his contributions to the field of plant molecular biology.  These include election to the National Academy of Sciences, being awarded the National Order for Scientific Merit from the President of Brazil, being named as a UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer, and being listed as making one of the "top 15" Discoveries in UCLA's 75-year history.  Professor Goldberg is highly committed to undergraduate and graduate education and is an "expert" in making science "come alive."  Professor Goldberg has received UCLA Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Department of Biology and the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, and was awarded the all-campus Luckmann Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate.  He also received the UCLA Gold Shield Prize for Excellence in Research and Undergraduate Education and was named as one of the "top 20" Professors in UCLA's 75-year history.  Recently, Professor Goldberg was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute University Professorship with the goal of expanding undergraduate opportunities in discovery-oriented research.