Stephen P. Goff, Ph.D.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Goff is the Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He currently heads a laboratory studying the replication of retroviruses and the functions of the tyrosine kinase oncogenes.
Dr. Goff received an A.B. degree in Biophysics from Amherst College in 1973. His graduate work with Dr. Paul Berg at Stanford University focused on the genetic analysis of the replication of simian virus 40 (SV40), a DNA tumor virus, and on the use of SV40 as a viral vector for the expression of foreign DNA in mammalian cells. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford in 1978. He did postdoctoral work with Dr. David Baltimore at MIT on the replication functions of the murine leukemia viruses, and joined the Columbia faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in 1981. He was given a joint appointment in the Department of Microbiology in 1986, and has been a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Columbia since 1993.
In the course of conducting his research Dr. Goff has received several honors and awards. He received an Irma T. Hirschl Career Development Award, a Searle Scholarship, the Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award from Columbia, and two MERIT awards from the NIH. He was selected as co-organizer of the Cold Spring RNA Tumor Virus meeting for 1988 and 1994, and elected co-chairman of the Animal Cells and Viruses Gordon Conference for 1989. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. He received an honorary degree (Doctor of Science) from Amherst College in 1997. He serves as a reviewing editor for the journals Science, Cell, Journal of Virology, and Virology.