David C. White Research and Mentoring Award - 2017

Dr Stephen Goff

Stephen GoffDr. Stephen Goff, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, New York, has won the 2017 D.C. White Research and Mentoring Award. Dr. Stephen P. Goff is Higgins Professor of Biochemistry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Goff was a Biophysics undergraduate at Amherst College, and a PhD student with Dr. Paul Berg at Stanford University, where he focused on the replication of simian virus 40 (SV40) and its use as a vector for the expression of foreign DNAs in mammalian cells. He did postdoctoral work with Dr. David Baltimore at MIT on murine leukemia viruses as a Jane Coffin Childs fellow before joining the Columbia faculty in 1981. His laboratory studies the retrovirus life cycle and host restriction systems that inhibit virus replication.

Dr. Goff was a Searle Scholar and has received 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 co-chairman of the Animal Cells and Viruses Gordon Conference for 1989. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Science. He has served as a reviewing editor for the journals Science, Cell, eLife, Journal of Virology, and Virology and reviews submissions for these and other journals. He has mentored over 35 graduate students and 35 postdoctoral fellows. He has authored or coauthored over 300 publications on viral replication.


Dr Goff will present "Retroviruses Past and Present; Training for the Future" at the 2017 ASM Microbe Meeting.