Washington and Lee alumnus Joseph Goldstein along with his longtime collaborator Michael Brown has been named winner of the inaugural Earl and Thress Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The two scientists won the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine and the National Medal of Science in 1988 for their pioneering work concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism — work that led to the development of statin drugs, the cholesterol-lowering compounds in use today.
The Brown/Goldstein laboratory at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is unique in medical research because it has been supervised jointly by two scientists for 33 years. According to the lab’s website, the laboratory is devoted to solving a fundamental problem: how do animals regulate the synthesis of cholesterol and other lipids so as to maintain constant membrane composition?
A 1962 graduate of W&L and an honorary degree recipient in 1986, Joe is a past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and belonged to the Governing Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He also served as chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a member of the boards of trustees of The Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.