EVANSTON, Ill. --- Erwin Goldberg, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, will receive an honorary degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton commencement ceremonies May 20.
Goldberg will be awarded the degree and be the speaker at the Graduate School commencement ceremony.
A reproductive biologist, Goldberg has sought to extend basic observations from the laboratory to the bedside throughout his career. His landmark observation that there is a unique enzyme (LDH-C4, lactate dehydrogenase) in the testis is a foundation for understanding how sperm are produced and became the basis for many later studies on testis gene expression.
In recent years, he and his students cloned and sequenced the LDH-C gene, also identifying the regulatory regions involved in specific gene activation. They are part of a worldwide effort to uncover the nature of the mechanisms that regulate time and cell-specific processes in the testes and the molecular aspects of LDH-C4.
Goldberg began his undergraduate years at Triple Cities College in 1947, and, following the rededication of the school as Harpur College, became a member of the first Harpur College graduating class, earning his bachelor's degree in biology.
Voted Outstanding Senior Man at Harpur, he continued his education at the State University of Iowa, earning his master's in 1953 and his doctorate in zoology and biochemistry in 1956. He taught at West Virginia University and North Dakota State University before accepting a position as assistant professor of biological sciences at Northwestern University in 1963.