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Division of Research and Graduate Studies

Joy J. Goto, Ph.D

Interim Dean

J. Goto


Dr. Joy J. Goto has served the campus community since 2007. She was the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the last five years and also served as the departmental graduate coordinator. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA. She was a John Douglas French Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Beckman Institute Research Fellow at the City of Hope prior to joining our campus.

The highlight of her time on our campus includes the collaborative endeavors with her outstanding fellow faculty and staff in her department. Her research on the role of a non-protein amino acid, beta-methyl amino L-alanine (BMAA) in model systems (fruit flies and neuronal cells) and its connection to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC) has been supported by her many undergraduate and graduate students and faculty collaborations. She serves as the faculty coordinator for the Fresno State LSAMP and as the campus PI for the NSF CSU-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate grant for 12 STEM graduate students. Grants from the NIH, NSF, USDA, and CSU Chancellor’s Office support her research program and broader campus and CSU goals to enhance STEM teaching in the laboratory and active classroom, and research experiences for our students.