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Hilary Godwin

Associate Dean for Academic Programs


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information
310.794.9112 (research office); 310.794.1238 (Dean's office); 310.794.5496 (lab)

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South 66-062B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 
Nanotoxicology, Regulatory Policy, Climate Change, Infectious diseases

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  She currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the UCLA Fielding 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.  She has served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (2007-2008) and previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs (2008-2011) in the School of Public Health at UCLA as well as Faculty Director for the Global Bio Lab at UCLA (2009-2011 and 2013-2014).  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 was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor from 2002-2006 and was elected as a fellow of the AAAS in 2009.  Dr. Godwin is a Luskin Scholar and is coPI and Director for Education and Outreach Activities for the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology.  Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of engineered nanomaterials and development of assays for detection and analysis of infectious diseases. She collaborates with Professor Tim Malloy in the UCLA School of Law on the development and analysis of new approaches to nanoregulatory policy and assessment of alternatives for hazardous substances and with Professors Tom Smith, Brian Cole, and Kevin Njabo on assessing the impacts of deforestation and conservation on indigenous populations in Cameroon.  She also works actively with organizations and community groups both locally and internationally to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.

PhD, Physical Chemistry, Stanford University
BS, Chemistry, with honors, University of Chicago
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Courses: 
Environmental Health 101, Fundamentals of Chemistry for Environmental Health
Environmental Health Sciences 200A (formerly 200B), Foundations of Environmental Health
Environmental Health Sciences 200C, Case Studies in Environmental Health Sciences
Public Health 299, Strategies for Success for Doctoral Students
Public Health 475, Pedagogy: Essential Skills and Innovative Strategies
Selected Publications: 

“A Call to Action: Training Public Health Students to be Effective Agents for Social Change” Godwin, H. and Heymann, J. Am. J. Public Health, 2015, 105, S34-S37. .DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302356

“Nanomaterial Categorization for Assessing Risk Potential To Facilitate Regulatory Decision-Making” Godwin, H.; Nameth, C.; Avery, D.; Bergeson, L. L.; Bernard, D.; Beryt, E.; Boyes, W.; Brown, S.; Clippinger, A. J.; Cohen, Y.; Doa, M.; Hendren, C.; Holden, P.; Houck, K.; Kane, A. B.; Klaessig, F. K.; Toivo, K.; Landsiedel, R.; Lynch, I.; Malloy, T.; Miller, M.B.; Muller, G.; Oberdorster, G.; Petersen, E.; Pleus, R.C.; Sayre, P.; Stone, V.; Sullivan, K. M.; Tentschert, J.; Wallis, P.; Nel, A. E. ACS Nano 2015, 9, 3409-3417. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00941

“Cu Nanoparticles Have Different Impacts in E. coli and L. brevis Than Their Micron-Sized and Ionic Analogs” Kaweeteerawat, C.; Chang, C. H.; Roy, K. R.; Li, R.; Toso, D. B.; Ivask, A.; Liu, R.; Fischer, H.; Ji, Z.; Zink, J.; Zhou, Z. H.; Chanfreau, G.; Telesca, D.; Cohen, Y.; Holden, P.A.; Nel, A.; Godwin, H.A. ACS Nano. 2015, 9, 7215-7225. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b02021

“It Is Time to Revise Our Approach to Registering Antimicrobials for Healthcare Settings” Alvarez, E.; Uslan, D.; Malloy, T.; Sinsheimer, P.; Godwin, H. Am. J. Infection Control 2016, 44, 228-232. DOI:; "Response to ‘Perspectives from the field in response to: It is time to revise our approach to registering antimicrobial agents [by the EPA] for healthcare settings’" (letter to the editor) Alvarez, E.; Uslan, D.; Malloy, T.; Sinsheimer, P.; Godwin, H. Am. J. Infection Control 2017, 45, 100-102. DOI:

“Urban Water Conservation Strategies That Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Benefit Health” Sokolow, S. Y.; Godwin, H.; Cole, B. L. Am. J. Public Health 2016, 106, 941-948. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303053

"Considerations of Environmentally Relevant Test Conditions for Improved Evaluation of Ecological Hazards of Engineered Nanomaterials." Holden, P.; Gardea-Torresdey, J.; Klaessig, F.; Turco, R.; Mortimer, M.; Hund-Rinke, K.; Cohen Hubal, E.; Avery, D.; Barcelo, D.; Behra, R.; Cohen, Y.; Deydier-Stephan, L.; Ferguson, P. L.; Fernandes, T.; Herr Harthorn, B.; Henderson, W. M.; Hoke, R.; Hristozov, D.; Johnston, J.; Kane, A.; Kapustka, L.; Keller, A.; Lenihan, H.; Lovell, W.; Murphy, C.; Nisbet, R.; Petersen, E.; Salinas, E.; Scheringer, M.; Sharma, M.; Speed, D.; Sultan, Y.; Westerhoff, P.; White, J.; Wiesner, M.; Wong, E.; Xing, B.; Steele Horan, M.; Godwin, H.; Nel, A. 2016, 50(12), 6124-6145. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00608

"An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Los Angeles Hospitals, Wildfires Highest Priority" Adelaine, Sabrina A.; Sato, M.; Jin, Y.; Godwin, H. Prehospital Disaster Med. 2017, 32, 1-7. DOI:

"Advancing Alternatives Analysis: The Role of Predictive Toxicology in Selecting Safer Chemical Products and Processes" Malloy, T.; Zaunbrecher, V.; Beryt, E.; Judson, R.; Tice, R.; Allard, Patrick; Blake, A.; Cote, I.; Godwin, H.; Heine, L.; Kerzic, P.; Kostal, J.; Marchant, G.; McPartland, J.; Moran, K.; Nel, A.; Ogunseitan, O.; Rossi, M.; Thayer, K.; T., Joel; Whittaker, M.; Zarker, K. Integr. Environ. Assess. Manag. 2017, 13, 915-925. DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1923

"Needs and challenges for assessing the environmental impacts of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs)" Romero-Franco, M.; Godwin, H.A.; Bilal, M. and Cohen, Y. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2017, 8, 989-1014. DOI:10.3762/bjnano.8.101

 “Comparative Environmental Fate and Toxicity of Copper Nanomaterials” Keller, A.; Gardea-Torresdey, J; Adeleye, A.; Conway, J.; Garner, K. L.; Zhao, L.; Cherr, G.; Hong, J.; Godwin, H. A.; Hanna, S.; Kaweeteerawat, C.; Lin, S.; Lenihan, H.; Torres-Duarte, C.; Zink, J.; Ji, Z.; Peralta-Videa, J.; Zuverza-Mena, N.; Walker, S.; Taylor, A.; Miller, R.; Nel, A. Nanoimpact. 2017, 7, 28-40. DOI:

“Comparing Three Treponemal Tests for Syphilis Screening” Buono, S. A.; Godwin, H.A.; Green, N. M. Diag. Micr. Infec Dis. 2017, 89, 173-177. DOI:

“Toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in Escherichia coli correlates with conduction band and hydration energies” Kaweeteerawat, C.; Ivask, A.; Liu, R.; Zhang, H.; Chang, C. H.; Low-Kam, C.; Fischer, H.; Ji, Z.; Pokhrel, S.; Cohen, Y.; Telesca, D.; Zink, J.; Madler, L.; Holden, P.A.; Nel, A.; Godwin, H.A. Environ. Sci & Tech. 2015, 49, 1105-1112.

“Stemming the tide of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae: the need for an individualized approach to treatment” Buono, S. A.; Watson, T. D.; Borenstein, L. A.; Klausner, J.D.; Pandori, M. W.; Godwin, H.A. J. Antimicrob. Chemoth. first published online October 19, 2014.  doi: 10.1093/jac/dku396

“Toxicity Mechanisms in Escherichia coli Vary for Silver Nanoparticles and Differ From Ionic Silver” Ivask, A; ElBadawy, A.; Kaweeteerawat, C.; Boren, D.; Fischer, H.; Ji, Z.; Chang, C. H.; Liu, R.; Tolaymat, T.; Telesca, D.; Zink, J.; Cohen, Y.; Holden, P. A.; Godwin, H. A. ACS Nano. 2014, 8, 374-386.

“Five reasons to use bacteria when assessing manufactured nanomaterial environmental hazards and fates” Holden, P.A.; Schimel, J. P.; Godwin, H.A. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2014, 27, 73-78.

“A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on the Use of Alternative Test Strategies for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment” Nel, A. E.; Nasser, E.; Godwin, H.; Avery, D.; Bahadori, T.; Bergeson, L.; Beryt, E.; Bonner, J. C.; Boverhoff, D.; Carter, J.; Castranova, V.; DeShazo, J. R.; Hussain. S. M.; Kane, A. B.; Klaessig, F.; Kuempel, E.; Lafranconi, M.; Landsiedel, R.; Malloy, T.; Miller, M. B.; Morris, J.; Moss, K.; Oberdorster, G.; Pinkerton, K.; Pleus, R.; Shatkin, J. A.; Thomas, R.; Tolaymat, T.; Wang, A.; Wong, J. ACS Nano 2013, 8, 6422-6433.

“Zebrafish High-Throughput Screening to Study the Impact of Dissolvable Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on the Hatching Enzyme, ZHE1” Lin, s.; Zhao, Y.; Ji, Z.; Ear, J.; Chang, C. H.; Zhang, H.; Low-Kam, C.; Yamada, K.; Meng, H.; Wang, X.; Liu, R.; Pokhrel, S; Mädler, L.; Damoiseaux, R.; Xia, T.; Godwin, H. A.; Lin, S.; Nel, A. E. Small  2013, 9-10, 1776-1785.

"Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Solve Complex Nano EHS problems by the UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology" Xia, T.; Malasarn, D.; Lin, S.; Ji, Z.; Zhang, H.; Miller, R. J.; Keller, A. A.; Nisbet, R. M.; Harthorn, B. H.; Godwin, H. A.; Lenihan, H. S.; Liu, R.; Gardea-Torresdey, J.; Cohen, Y.; Mädler, L.; Holden, P. A.; Zink, J. I.; Nel. A. E. Small  2012, 9-10, 1428-1443.

“Genome-wide Bacterial Toxicity Screening Uncovers the Mechanisms of Toxicity of Cationic Polystyrene Nanomaterials” Ivask, A; Suarez, E.; Patel, T.; Boren, D.; Ji, Z.; Holden, P.; Telesca, D.; Damoiseaux, R.; Bradley, K.; Godwin, H. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46, 2398-2405.

“Dispersion and Stability Optimization of TiO2 Nanoparticles in Cell Culture Media<>” Ji, Z.; Jin, X.; George, S.; Xia, T.; Meng, H.; Wang, X.; Suarez, E.; Zhang, H.; Hoek, E. M. V.; Godwin, H. Nel, A. E.; Zink, J. I. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2010, 44, 7309–7314.

“Coffee Cup Atomic Force Microscopy” Ashkenaz, D. E.; Hall, W. P.; Haynes, C. L.; Hicks, E. M.; McFarland, A. D.; Sherry, L.J.; Stuart, D. A.; Wheeler, K. E.; Yonzon, C. R.; Zhao, J.; Godwin, H.A.; Van Duyne, R. P. J. Chem. Ed., 2010, 87, 306-307.

“The University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology” Godwin, H. A.; Chopra, K.; Bradley, K. A.; Cohen, Y.: Harthorn, B. H.; Hoek, E. M. V.; Holden, P.; Keller, A. A.; Lenihan, H.; Nesbit, R.; Nel, A. E. Environ. Sci. & Tech., 2009, 43, 6453–6457.

 “A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander” Houck, L.; Watts, R.; Arnold, S.; Bowen, K.; Kiemnec, K.; Godwin, H.; Feldhoff, P.; Feldhoff, R. Chem. Senses, 2008, 33, 623 - 631.

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.

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. . 2003; 320: 39-54.

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.