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- Emeritus

Alan M. Goldberg, PhD, works in toxicology and food ethics, and also leads EHE’s Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity program.

Contact Info

615 North Wolfe Street W7032

Research Interests

Environmental Health Sciences, toxicology, humane science, in vitro, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Minnesota

Dr Goldberg's interests are in humane science, the use of animals and the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) of animals in biomedical sciences, toxicology, and risk assesment. Research activities include the incorporation of in vitro and refinement alternatives in risk assesment and regulatory toxicology. Additionally, policy issues associated with animal use are intergral to these activities. For full details visit Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (

For education in humane science, see Enhancing Humane Science course available on the CAAT website.

Dr. Goldberg is a professor of Toxicology. He is the Founding Director and currently Chairman of The Board of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. Dr Goldberg's interest in Ethical/Fair Food came in 2007 he was appointed to the Pew Commission on the Impact of Industrial Farm Animal Production.

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is focused on working with industry and government to incorporate the latest technologies and the most humane science in product safety decision-making. The Center supports the development of new in vitro methods and refinement alternatives that contribute to basic research, product development, and regulatory decisions. It also provides education to scientists on how one practices the most humane science, aka – the 3Rs of alternatives – refinement, replacement, reduction.

Dr. Goldberg actively serves/d on the International Animal Welfare Advisory Boards of Shell, and Procter & Gamble, consults with CeeTox (an in vitro toxicology CRO) and Epithelix. In the non-profit area, he is a trustee of the Humane Society University, a member of the Advisory Board of Faculty for the Department of Institutional Review Ethics and Administration in Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life, The Catholic University of Korea, (South Korea), a member of the Alexandra Foundation (Monaco), a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Scientific Communication (ISC); and is on the Toxicology Panel of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy).

Starting in 2007, Dr. Goldberg served as a Pew Commissioner on the study of the Impact of Industrial (US) Farm Animal Production, on issues of public health, environment, animal welfare and social justice. While on the commission, Dr. Goldberg studied with the Talmudic Scholar Rabbi Avram Reisner to learn the Jewish laws dealing with food animal production. At the request of the Committee on Jewish Law of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Dr. Goldberg shared his understandings of farm animal welfare. Dr. Goldberg also chairs the management board of Orange House Partnership, a Belgium NGO dedicated to provide training on food safety to the developing world. 

Currently, Dr Goldberg is working on define an ethical framework for feeding the world at an anticipated population of 9+ billion people.

Honors & Awards

Member of the ALEXANDRA Project, Monaco, 2010
Lifetime Dedication Award:  Patron of the 3Rs – 7th World Congress, August 2009
Non Hopkins Thesis Committees (1st- initiated 2006)
The State of Maryland Governor’s Citation, 2006
Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation Award 2001
Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award, 2000
Ambassador of Toxicology Award, Mid-Atlantic Society of Toxicology, 1998
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Long Island University, 1995
Humane Society of the United States- 1st Russell and Burch Award 1991  

Select Publications

Selected Publications

  • Goldberg, A., Rollin, B., “Husbandry and Industry: Animal Agriculture, Animla Welfare, and Human Health,” in An Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Enviornment, Equity, San Francisco: Wiley – Jossey Bass, 2014

  • Goldberg, Alan, et al, The Use of Biomarkers of Toxicity for Integrating In Vitro Hazard Estimates into Risk Assessment for Humans. Report of a Workshop, ALTEX (4/2012)

  • Goldberg, Alan, et al, Conference Report: Advancing the Science of Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT) Testing for Better Safety Evaluation, ALTEX (29, pp202-215, 2/2012)

  • Goldberg, A.M., et al, Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing: Recommendations for Developing Alternative Methods for the Screening and Prioritization of Chemicals, ALTEX 28, pp9-15, 1/2011

  • Goldberg, A.M., Wilcox, N.L., Validation – A Puzzle or a Mystery: An Approach Founded on New Science, ALTEX 28, pp 3-8, 1/2011