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Miriam B. Goodman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University

Dr. Miriam B. Goodman holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Brown University and a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago. Since 2002, she has been on the faculty at Stanford University where her research group studies the molecular basis of touch sensation, using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model. Dr. Goodman pioneered the application of patch-clamp recording to neurons in C. elegans and her group combined this technique with genetic dissection to identify the protein partners that form force-gated ion channels in C. elegans touch receptor neurons. Much of her current work focuses on understanding the mechanics of force transmission and the biophysics of channel gating. Her research has been honored by both national and international awards, including the Eppendorf & Science Prize in Neurobiology and fellowships from the A. P. Sloan, Klingenstein, and McKnight Foundations.

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