Lee Goldstein

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University Avedisian & Chobanian School of Medicine
Biomedical Engineering and Biomarker Core Co-Leader

Medical Center: 670 Albany St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02118 Photonics Center: PC-727, 8 St. Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215

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Dr. Lee Goldstein received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and biology from Columbia University and went on to complete his medical and doctoral training at Yale University. Dr. Goldstein completed an internal medicine internship and residency program in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Director of the Molecular Aging & Development Laboratory and Center for Biometals & Metallomics at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Goldstein joined the Boston University School of Medicine, College of Engineering, Photonics Center, and the BU ADC in December 2007.

Research Interests

Dr. Goldstein’s work is focused on understanding the role of abnormal protein aggregation in chronic degenerative disorders of aging. The work in his laboratory concentrates on Alzheimer’s disease, age-related cataracts, and other common diseases of aging that involve pathogenic protein aggregation. His team recently discovered the first evidence of Alzheimer’s disease-associated amyloid pathology outside the brain as well as a new transcription factor that plays a crucial role in cellular differentiation within the lens and brain. He and his laboratory are developing a laser-based diagnostic technology that will hopefully detect Alzheimer’s disease years before the first symptoms emerge.


Dr. Goldstein has received honors from numerous organizations, including the Harvard Medical School, National Institute of Mental Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Diseases, Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Optical Society of America. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry.

For a full list of publications, click here.

Selected Publications

Soscia SJ, Kirby JE, Tucker SM, Washicosky KJ, Hyman BH, Burton MA, Goldstein LE, Duong S, Moir RD, Tanzi RE. “The Alzheimer’s disease amyloid ß-peptide is an antimicrobial peptidePLoS One 5(3): e9505. (2010)

Goldstein LE, et al. “Method diagnosing neurodegenerative disease” US Patent 7,653,428. (2010)

Goldstein LE, Muffat JA, Cherny RA, Moir RD, Ericsson MH, Huang X, Mavros C, Coccia JA, Faget KY, Fitch KA, Masters CL, Tanzi RE, Chylack LT, Bush AI. “Cytosolic ß-amyloid deposition & supranuclear cataracts in lenses from people with Alzheimer’s diseaseLancet. 361:1258-65. (2003)

Moncaster JA, Pineda R, Moir RM, Lu S, Burton M, Ghosh J, Ericsson M, Soscia SS, Mocofanescu A, R. Folkerth R, Robb RM, Clark JI, Tanzi RE, Hunter DG, Goldstein LE. “Alzheimer’s disease ß-amyloid and supranuclear cataracts in lenses from people with Down syndrome” (Pending)

Pubmed Citations (Goldstein Lee)

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