Joanna B. Goldberg Ph.D.

Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Joanna Goldberg received her BA in Biology from Boston University and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from University of California (UC), Berkeley. Following postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley, she took her first faculty position in Boston at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 1996, she was recruited as an Associate Professor to the Department of Microbiology at the University of Virginia and moved up the ranks to Full Professor. In January 2013, she moved as a Full Professor to the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldberg's research focuses on the strategies used by bacteria to cause diseases in humans, in particular, respiratory infections in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Her laboratory investigates the synthesis and regulation of surface polysaccharides and other potential adhesions and virulence factors from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex, both of which are key pathogens in CF. She has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous chapters and reviews on this topic. The long-term goal of her work is to devise rational methods to disrupt virulence and promote clearance of infecting bacteria and thereby improve the lives of those living with CF.