Dr. Ellis Golub, a professor in the department of biochemistry in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away January 22 at age 71.

“After joining the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine standing faculty as an assistant professor in 1977, Dr. Golub’s career quickly flourished and he spent the next 37 years rising through the ranks as a productive scholar and valuable citizen of the School, University and scientific community,” said Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean in the School of Dental Medicine. “His warm personality and affable manner endeared him to all who knew him.  He was an outstanding scientist and teacher to all.”

Dr. Golub chaired the department of biochemistry from 1996-2003 and later as interim chair from 2009-2013.

His laboratory primarily involved two research areas: calcification of hard tissues and computer applications in biochemistry and molecular biology. He had been involved in the development of computer programs for prediction and graphical display of protein secondary structure from sequence. In the calcification area, he focused on the cellular mechanisms necessary for initiating hard tissue mineral formation. His teaching activities included biochemistry courses for first-year dental students and lectures to post-doctoral dental students.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Golub was active in University and School governance, serving on University Council, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and numerous Dental Medicine committees.

He held memberships in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Chemical Society, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association for Dental Research and the Protein Society.

Born in New York, Dr. Golub earned his BA in chemistry from Brandeis University in 1963 and his PhD in biochemistry from Tufts University in 1969. He completed a fellowship at the California Institute of Technology and was a research associate at the University of Connecticut Health Center before coming to Penn.

Dr. Golub is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Michael Golub, Daniel Golub and Karen Kelly; sister, Ilene Franzmann; and grandchildren, Maia, Isaac, Eva, Logan, Emma and Chloe.

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