Stephen Goff

Research Interests

Stephen A. Goff is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona, and Project Director and PI of the iPlant Collaborative at the BIO5 Institute. Steve Goff’s research interests include the molecular biology of heterosis and aging and the use of computational cyberinfrastructure to address major research topics in biology. Steve was trained in cellular physiology in mammalian systems and has done research on bacteria, bacteriophage, mammalian systems, and various plants. The majority of his research has been focused on the regulation of gene expression in these diverse systems. His work has been published in major peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Cell, PNAS, EMBO, etc.

In addition to over 50 journal research papers, Steve Goff is an inventor on 80 plus published patents. The majority of his career was spent working for industry, including Biogen, Ciba-Geigy, Novartis, and Syngenta.

In 2002, Steve was awarded “Research Leader of the Year” by Scientific American magazine, following the publication of the rice genome, a project Steve led while in Novartis. Steve has extensive experience leading large multidisciplinary projects, and served as the leader of the Syngenta Fellows group (top 45 technical experts across a 20,000 FTE corporate group). This group included chemists, biologists, computer scientists, and physicists.

Since 2009, Steve has served as Project Director and PI of the iPlant Collaborative (a $50M NSF project to build cyberinfrastructure for the plant sciences) and this project has recently been recommended for an additional funding period of five years at the same funding rate. Steve also was awarded a small ($300k) EAGER grant to generate evidence for or against a novel molecular theory of aging. The analysis to date supports the novel theory, but significantly more evidence will be required to convince the research community.