Alumna Nancy Goroff (Ph.D. ’94) running for U.S. Congress

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Professor Nancy Goroff, Stony Brook University, is hoping to be Congress’ first female scientist with a PhD. 

An accomplished physical organic chemist, Stony Brook University professor and Department Chair, Goroff is taking an 18-month leave of absence to campaign full time. Goroff received a Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA in 1994 under the direction of Professor François Diederich.  


“I’m running for Congress to use my experience as a scientist to combat global warming, make health care affordable, protect a woman’s right to choose and end the gun violence epidemic,” Goroff said in a recent newspaper interview.

“We wish Nancy success in her new endeavor,” said Professor Ken Houk. “We hope that she is a part of a new future for our country!”. At right, Houk is pictured with Goroff at a recent event in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Sir Fraser Stoddart.

In her research, Goroff has worked to create new organic semiconductors to make solar energy more affordable. She also helped develop an entrepreneurship program called iCreate, which gives students tools to build, innovate and redefine technological boundaries.  

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,