Maurice Godfrey, PhD

Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: 402-559-6689

Professional Summary:

Maurice Godfrey was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Monmouth College in West Long Branch, New Jersey and graduate degrees, including the PhD in Pathobiology and Immunology from Columbia University in New York. He did a postdoctoral fellowship with the late David Hollister at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and the Oregon Health Sciences University in Oregon. He has been a Graduate Faculty Fellow and Professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for more than twenty years. He spent a year as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Genetics of the University of Ghent, Belgium. With his late mentor he pioneered immunohistochemical and molecular studies in the Marfan syndrome. Among his awards, Dr. Godfrey has been recognized as a Basil O’Connor Scholar of the March of Dimes and Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. He also received the Antoine Marfan Award of the National Marfan Foundation; the Chief Standing Bear Organizational Award from the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; the UNeMed Corporation Research Innovation Award from the University of Nebraska; Friend of American Indian Education from the Nebraska Department of Education, and the Friend of Science Award from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. He has been funded by the American Heart Association, National Marfan Foundation, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Nebraska Department of Education, and the National Institutes of Health. He has published numerous papers and book chapters and presented his research at meetings worldwide. His passion for mentoring and education America’s youth began early in his training. High school and college undergraduate he has mentored are now physicians, scientists, pharmacists, and other professionals from coast to coast. Since 2005 he has led a National Institutes of Health program to bring science to schools and communities on Indian reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota. Dr. Godfrey also teaches courses in molecular biology, genetics and molecular basis of human disease.


PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1986
M.Phil., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1983
M.A., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1980
BS, Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ, 1977

Courses Taught:

Biochemistry 512 and 514
BRTP 822
Cytogenetics 912, "Molecular Biology"
Molecular and Cellular Biology 842
Molecular Basis of Human Disease PAMM 940
Molecular Basis of Human Disease
UNMC High School Alliance Genetics Course

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