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Jeffrey L Goldberg

The Power List 2020 – Power List


Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University, CA, USA

Your three wishes?

Ongoing joy and health for my family; an end to world hunger and war; and an opportunity to contribute something meaningful to the future.  

The most serendipitous moment of your career?

I am a big believer in serendipity, and both in taking advantage of the doors that open seemingly at random, and also in enjoying these moments. For my PhD I joined the lab of a brand-new assistant professor at Stanford, Ben Barres, who ended up being a leading developmental neurobiologist and a fantastic mentor, that was certainly something to be grateful for through the rest of my life!

What was the most unexpected turn your career took?

I finished residency excited about molecular genetics and thinking I’d do a retina and genetics fellowship. Then I went to a research and clinical meeting about retinal ganglion cell biology and glaucoma, and realized that the huge unmet needs in glaucoma were a perfect match for the focus of my research interests. Thankfully, my glaucoma mentors in Miami welcomed me into fellowship training!


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