Alexander Goldfarb (microbiologist)

Alexander Goldfarb (microbiologist)

Alexander Goldfarb (born in 1947 in Moscow) is a Jewish-Russian-Israeli-American microbiologist, activist, and author.

cientific career

Goldfarb studied biochemistry at the Moscow State University and graduated in 1969. After graduation, he worked in Kurchatov Research Institute of Nuclear Energy [ [ Polonium in London (Russian)] , by Zhores Medvedev, "Worker of Krasnoyarsk", March 15, 2007 ]

He emigrated from the USSR in 1975 and lived in Israel where he received his Ph.D in 1980 from Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv and in Germany, where he had his post-doctoral training in Max Planck Institute. [ [ Alexander Goldfarb, Ph.D.] , a research summary and C.V., The Public Health Research Institute Center, New Jersey Medical School.] .

In 1981-1991 he was an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York. Since 1992 he is a principal investigator at the Public Health Research Institute of New Jersey Medical School (PHRI).

Political activism

He became known in the 1980s for his helping refuseniks to defect from the USSR while working at Columbia University in New York [A Lethal Web of Spooks, Oligarchs and Spin] , by Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, 26 December 2006. [ Paid contents] .] .

From 1993 to 1997 he managed the Soros Foundation in Russia.He has worked with Dr. Paul Farmer to battle tuberculosis in Russian prisons from 1997 to 2000. Since 2001, Goldfarb heads the International Foundation for Civil Liberties established by Boris Berezovsky in New York.


Goldfarb helped Alexander Litvinenko to leave Russia [ [,,1955863,00.html Litvinenko poisoning: the main players] , The Guardian, 24 November 2006.] and prepare the book "Lubyanka Criminal Group" for publication. [ A. Litvinenko and A. Goldfarb. "Lubyanka Criminal Group" ru icon GRANI, New York, 2002. ISBN 978-0-9723878-0-4.] Goldfarb was a spokesman for Alexander Litvinenko during the two last weeks of his life. He later wrote and published book "" together with Marina Litvinenko.


His books

*Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko. "" Free Press, New York, 2007. ISBN 978-1416551652.


* [ His site at PHRI]

Books mentioning Goldfarb

*"Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor", Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, 2005 edition: ISBN 0-520-24326-9
* Tracy Kidder, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World", Random House, 2003 hardcover: ISBN 0-375-50616-0, 2004 paperback: ISBN 0-8129-7301-1

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