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Miriam B. Goodman, PhD

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Miriam B. Goodman

Miriam has been a Stanford faculty member since 2002, following postdoctoral research and training at the University of Oregon and Columbia University and predoctoral training at the University of Chicago. She is an award-winning teacher and recognized by the School of Medicine for her contributions to diversity and inclusion. Before grad school, she spent two years as a technician in a neurophysiology lab at the NIH and spent summers writing scientific software. Outside the lab, she enjoys spending time watching and playing soccer, bicycling, and hanging out with friends and family.

As a research mentor, Miriam seeks to empower emerging scientists with the technical and practical skills needed to make new discoveries. This includes time management, having difficult conversations, failing gracefully, and communicating with images as well as with the written and spoken word. In addition to mentoring her own students, Miriam has served on the thesis advisory/reading committees for students in Applied Physics, Biology, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Neuroscience.

As a SoLID faculty mentor, Miriam is prepared to serve as a sounding board for students seeking an outside perspective on the practice of science and its intersection with diversity and inclusion, active learning methods and teaching, career goals, as well as research in neuroscience and mechanobiology.

Students can email Miriam directly at


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