Daniel Goldman named interim chair of Biological Chemistry

September 24, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Daniel J. Goldman, Ph.D., has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry in the Medical School, effective Sept.1, 2015.

Goldman is the Bernard W. Agranoff Collegiate Professor of Neuroscience, holding the professorship that honors a scientist who recruited him to the U-M almost 30 years ago. His research focuses on identifying strategies for restoring lost sight to those suffering from blindness, and also the interactions between nerve and muscle.

After joining the U-M faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of biological chemistry and assistant research scientist in the Mental Health Research Institute (now the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, or MBNI), he was promoted in 1992 to associate professor and associate research scientist. He became a full professor and research professor in 2000. His honors include the University of Michigan Research Scientist Recognition Award (1994), the MHRI Discovery Award (1995) and the Research Scientist Achievement Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (2003). He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014.

Goldman received his B.S. in 1975 and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the laboratory of Stephen F. Heinemann, Ph.D., who is considered one of the fathers of modern molecular neuroscience.