Environmental Health Sciences

Hilary Godwin, Ph.D.

Work Titles
UCLA Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Fielding 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

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:


Fax Number:

(310) 794-2106

Lab Number:

(310) 794-5496

Office Phone Number:

(310) 794-9112

Work Phone Number:

(310) 794-1238

(310) 825-0056

Mailing Address:

UCLA Pub Hlth-Envir Hlth Sci
BOX 951772, 16-035 CHS
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. Until the end of the 2010-2011 school year she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Public Health. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. 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.

Professor Godwin studies why heavy metals (such as lead) are poisonous. She is actively engaged in a number of community outreach projects, including programs to communicate science to nonscientists. She is currently developing a volunteer program, the goal of which is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in elementary schools in Los Angeles. In addition, she is working with local and national organizations to assess the impacts of climate change on public health and how to decrease human suffering resulting from climate change.


Buono Sean A, Watson Tyler D, Borenstein Lee A, Klausner Jeffrey D, Pandori Mark W, Godwin Hilary A   Stemming the tide of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae: the need for an individualized approach to treatment The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 2015; 70(2): 374-81.
Kaweeteerawat Chitrada, Ivask Angela, Liu Rong, Zhang Haiyuan, Chang Chong Hyun, Low-Kam Cecile, Fischer Heidi, Ji Zhaoxia, Pokhrel Suman, Cohen Yoram, Telesca Donatello, Zink Jeffrey, Mädler Lutz, Holden Patricia A, Nel Andre, Godwin Hilary   Toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in Escherichia coli correlates with conduction band and hydration energies Environmental science & technology, 2015; 49(2): 1105-12.
Holden Patricia A, Schimel Joshua P, Godwin Hilary A   Five reasons to use bacteria when assessing manufactured nanomaterial environmental hazards and fates Current opinion in biotechnology, 2014; 27(7505): 73-8.
Ivask Angela, Elbadawy Amro, Kaweeteerawat Chitrada, Boren David, Fischer Heidi, Ji Zhaoxia, Chang Chong Hyun, Liu Rong, Tolaymat Thabet, Telesca Donatello, Zink Jeffrey I, Cohen Yoram, Holden Patricia Ann, Godwin Hilary A   Toxicity mechanisms in Escherichia coli vary for silver nanoparticles and differ from ionic silver ACS nano, 2014; 8(1): 374-86.
Nel Andre E, Nasser Elina, Godwin Hilary, Avery David, Bahadori Tina, Bergeson Lynn, Beryt Elizabeth, Bonner James C, Boverhof Darrell, Carter Janet, Castranova Vince, Deshazo J R, Hussain Saber M, Kane Agnes B, Klaessig Frederick, Kuempel Eileen, Lafranconi Mark, Landsiedel Robert, Malloy Timothy, Miller Mary Beth, Morris Jeffery, Moss Kenneth, Oberdorster Gunter, Pinkerton Kent, Pleus Richard C, Shatkin Jo Anne, Thomas Russell, Tolaymat Thabet, Wang Amy, Wong Jeffrey   A multi-stakeholder perspective on the use of alternative test strategies for nanomaterial safety assessment ACS nano, 2013; 7(8): 6422-33.
Xia Tian, Malasarn Davin, Lin Sijie, Ji Zhaoxia, Zhang Haiyuan, Miller Robert J, Keller Arturo A, Nisbet Roger M, Harthorn Barbara H, Godwin Hilary A, Lenihan Hunter S, Liu Rong, Gardea-Torresdey Jorge, Cohen Yoram, Mädler Lutz, Holden Patricia A, Zink Jeffrey I, Nel Andre E   Implementation of a multidisciplinary approach to solve complex nano EHS problems by the UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 2013; 9(9-10): 1428-43.
Lin Sijie, Zhao Yan, Ji Zhaoxia, Ear Jason, Chang Chong Hyun, Zhang Haiyuan, Low-Kam Cecile, Yamada Kristin, Meng Huan, Wang Xiang, Liu Rong, Pokhrel Suman, Mädler Lutz, Damoiseaux Robert, Xia Tian, Godwin Hilary A, Lin Shuo, Nel André E   Zebrafish high-throughput screening to study the impact of dissolvable metal oxide nanoparticles on the hatching enzyme, ZHE1 Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 2013; 9(9-10): 1776-85.
Ivask Angela, Suarez Elizabeth, Patel Trina, Boren David, Ji Zhaoxia, Holden Patricia, Telesca Donatello, Damoiseaux Robert, Bradley Kenneth A, Godwin Hilary   Genome-wide bacterial toxicity screening uncovers the mechanisms of toxicity of a cationic polystyrene nanomaterial Environmental science & technology, 2012; 46(4): 2398-405.
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 Hilary A, Chopra Kabir, Bradley Kenneth A, Cohen Yoram, Harthorn Barbara Herr, Hoek Eric M V, Holden Patricia, Keller Arturo A, Lenihan Hunter S, Nisbet Roger M, Nel Andre E   The University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Environmental science & technology, 2009; 43(17): 6453-7.
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 Lynne D, Watts Richard A, Arnold Stevan J, Bowen Kathleen E, Kiemnec Karen M, Godwin Hilary A, Feldhoff Pamela W, Feldhoff Richard C   A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander Chemical senses, 2008; 33(7): 623-31.
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.
Mayer R Aeryn, Godwin Hilary Arnold   Preparation of media and buffers with soluble lead Analytical biochemistry, 2006; 356(1): 142-4.
Andersen Ryan J, diTargiani Robert C, Hancock Robert D, Stern Charlotte L, Goldberg David P, Godwin Hilary A   Characterization of the first N2S(alkylthiolate)lead compound: a model for three-coordinate lead in biological systems Inorganic chemistry, 2006; 45(17): 6574-6.
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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