David E. Goldgar, PhD


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Dermatology - Research Professor, Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Professor
  • Divisions: Physician Assistant Program
  • Cancer Center Programs: Cancer Control & Population Sciences

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-6465
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    2000 Circle of Hope
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

David Goldgar, PhD, is a research professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah and member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Goldgar's research involves the genetic study of breast cancer and melanoma. He studies methods to clinically classify the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, the most well-known genes for breast cancer.

Before leaving the University of Utah to assume the position of chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Unit at the International Association of Cancer Research in Lyon, France, Goldgar was a member of the team that led to the localization, cloning, or characterization of the cancer predisposing BRCA1, BRCA2, and CDKN2A (p16) mutations. Goldgar joined the CCPS Program in 2008 upon his return to the University of Utah.

Goldgar earned a bachelor's degree and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Colorado Medical Center
Graduate Training Colorado State University
Undergraduate University of Colorado

Global Impact


Institution Description Country
Monash University Honorary Faculty Australia
Queensland Institute of Medical Resaerch Visiting Scientist Australia
Melbourne University Honarary Professor Australia
Laval University Professeur Adjoint Canada
Spanish National Cancer Institute Visiting Scientist Spain
International Agency for Research on Cancer, Unit of Genetic Epidemiology Chief United Kingdom


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