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.
Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Public Health. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1989 and a Ph.D. Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in 1994. She conducted postdoctoral research from 1994-1996 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, where she was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she was an Assistant Professor (1996-2000), Associate Professor (2000-2006), Associate Chair (2003-2004), and Chair (2004-2006) of Chemistry. 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.|
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.
Mayer, R. A.; Godwin, H. A. Preparation of Media and Buffers with Soluble Lead (Pb2+).
McFarland, A.D.; Haynes, C.L.; Van Duyne, R.; Godwin, H.A. Nanopatterning with Lithography.
J. Chem. Ed. .
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..
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. .
Godwin, H.A.; Davis, B.L. Teaching Undergraduates at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology: Challenges and the Opportunities.
Nature Chem. Biol. .
McFarland, Adam D.; Haynes, Christy L.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Van Duyne, Richard P.; Godwin, Hilary A. Color My Nanoworld.
J. Chem. Educ.2004.
Garcia, R. A. and Godwin, H. A. High Metal Concentrations Are Required for Self-Association of Synaptotagmin II.
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.
Claudio, E. S.; Magyar, J. S.; Godwin, H. A. Fundamental Coordination Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Biochemistry of Lead(II).
Prog. Inorg. Chem.
Magyar, J. S.; Godwin, H. A. Spectropotentiometric Analysis of Metal Binding to Structural Zinc-Binding Sites: Accounting Quantitatively for pH and Metal Ion Buffering Effects.
Anal. Biochem. .
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.