Achievement in the Sciences

After two years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore-raised Bruce Goldberger knew he wanted a smaller school. He chose the college closest to his parents’ home, which then was Parsippany, New Jersey. At Drew’s intimate community, he found learning and direction that has guided his life. He especially speaks of faculty members Joy Phillips in biology, and James Miller, who made analytical chemistry so clear and compelling that Bruce has made it his own life.

After graduating from Drew as a zoology major, Bruce earned M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in forensic toxicology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. By 1994 he had moved to the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is now a full professor and director of toxicology in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, directing the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, which supports medical examiners’ offices in six Florida districts. He has just been named director of the University of Florida Racing Laboratory.

Bruce’s work can truly be described as multifaceted. He has extensive teaching responsibilities, involving levels from undergraduate to post-doctorate in the College of Medicine, and administrative responsibilities in several University divisions. He is active in many professional associations, especially the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, of which he was president in 2007-2008, and is currently president of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. The extent of his research, which has largely concentrated on addictive substances, is reflected in an impressive list of publications. His has received numerous honors, including the Sunshine Award and the Alexander O. Gettler Award from the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (1988 and 2006), the Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (1994), and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Florida Association of Medical Examiners (2008).

As a qualified expert witness and consultant in forensic toxicology, Bruce serves the State of Florida and is in demand from numerous public and private organizations, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of State. He has testified in over 220 trials in federal, state, military and Canadian courts, including the Casey Anthony case and the 2012 Roger Clemens trial. He has been featured many times in local, state and national media.

Bruce finds great satisfaction in his career, particularly because it allows him directly to affect people’s lives as a public servant. He is proud of his family: his wife of 27 years, Arlene, and their children, Sarah (22), a 2012 University of Florida graduate, and fifteen-year-old Jacob.