Natural Science Advisory Council
Deborah J. Good

Fredonia Science Center
221 Science Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-3285

Dr. Holly Lawson
Project Shepherd

Markus Kessler
Director of Facilities Planning

John Kijinski
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Betty Gossett
Associate Vice President for University Development

David Tiffany
Vice President for University Advancement & Executive Director of the Fredonia College Foundation

  Deborah Good

Deborah J. Good


Graduation date from Fredonia: 1987
Major(s) while at Fredonia:

Medical Technology/Biomedical Research Technology with Chemistry minor

Other Education 1992    Northwestern University - Ph.D.
Present professional positions
Associate Professor:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2006-present) Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise Corporate Research Center (0913), 1981 Kraft Drive, Room 1020, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Office Phone/Fax:  540-231-0430
Good Web Page

Past professional positions
Positions (academic)
1998-2004 Consultant-Advanced Cell Technology, Worcester, MA

Assistant and Associate Professor-University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Postdoctoral Fellow-National Institutes of Health

Professional affiliation(s), e.g. Boards, National Committees, etc.

Endocrine Society Training and Development Committee

Sigma Xi Executive Committee (local chapter)
  American Society for Nutrition

Research interest section council on Obesity

Brief bio

Dr. Good was born in and grew up in the small town of Waterloo, NY, a town officially known as the “Birthplace of Memorial Day”.  She attended the State University of New York, College at Fredonia where she obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Research Technology with a minor in Chemistry.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Northwestern University in 1992.  While at Northwestern, Dr. Good studied tumor suppressor gene control of angiogenesis and she was awarded a patent for her work to identify a naturally-occurring inhibitor of angiogenesis, thrombospondin.  Dr. Good went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, in the National Cancer Institute where she switched fields and began to work on characterizing the role of two basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors in the developing nervous system. It was at NIH where Dr. Good created knockout mice that she still uses to study both of these transcription factors.  In 1997, Dr. Good accepted a position for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and was awarded tenure in 2003.  While at UMass-Amherst she developed a strong research program with several NIH grants and over $1 million in federal funding.  She also was chosen as a Lilly Teaching Fellow and subsequently published articles and obtained grant funding for various teaching projects.  Dr. Good served on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for eight years, chairing the committee for the three years.  In August 2006, Dr. Good moved her laboratory to the Department of Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech.  At Virginia Tech, Dr. Good serves as a member of the Departmental Personnel and Tenure Committee and chairs the Departmental Awards Committee.  She also is a co-PI for the “USDA Scholars” program—an intensive summer research program for HNFE undergraduates, funded by USDA.  Outside of the university she serves as a representative to the Endocrine Society Training and Development Committee, and as a member of the Natural Sciences Advisory Committee for the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. Dr. Good maintains an active and funded research program and has authored over 30 articles, including peer reviewed journals and book chapters.  She lives in Blacksburg with her husband and 4 ½ year old daughter Claire.  She is a member and secretary of the Blacksburg Community Band, playing 2nd clarinet with the group in her “spare” time.

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