Henry Jay Forman, PhD


Henry Jay Forman is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry and Founding Faculty at the University of California, Merced. He also is a Research Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Queens College of the City University of New York and then a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 1971. After a post-doctoral position at Duke University, he held faculty positions in multiple disciplines at several universities including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and the University of Alabama, where he was the Chairman of Environmental Health Sciences. 

Dr. Forman’s research is in the areas of oxidative stress and signal transduction. His major research achievements are pioneering work in mitochondrial superoxide production in which he demonstrated that manganese superoxide dismutase actually pulls the reaction forward, redox signaling in which he first demonstrated signaling by endogenously generated hydrogen peroxide, and mechanisms of induced resistance to oxidative stress in which he demonstrated the induction by quinones of the first enzyme in glutathione biosynthesis. He has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and been an invited lecturer at many national and international symposia.  Forman is Past President of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and Reviews Editor of Free Radical Biology & Medicine and will become Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics in July, 2015.