Kinzy bio

Terri Goss Kinzy, Ph.D., graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Akron and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University under Dr. William C. Merrick. Her postdoctoral training in molecular genetics was performed at Carnegie Mellon University under Dr. John L. Woolford. She joined Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an Assistant Professor in 1995 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pediatrics. Dr. Kinzy was elected to the University Master Educator Guild, selected Compact for Faculty Diversity Bridges to the Professoriate Faculty Mentor of the Year, and named a Woman of the Year in Medicine for Somerset County, New Jersey. Her mentoring has been recognized with the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research Outstanding Mentor Award and the R. Walter Schlesinger Basic Science Mentoring Award. She was a fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program. She has served as director of the RWJMS/Rutgers Univ./Princeton Univ. MD/PhD Program, Executive Director of the RWJMS DNA Core Facility and Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Research at RWJMS. She has published in the areas of research training for medical students, peer mentoring of graduate students and graduate education. Dr. Kinzy currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research Administration where she oversees the offices responsible for research and sponsored programs, corporate contracts, facilitation of major research initiatives, research IT and communications.

She works in the area of post-transcriptional control of gene expression, the mechanism of action of G-proteins and drug development. Some of her most recent work has used the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae model system to understand structure/function relationships in proteins of the translational apparatus and how this process affects efficient and accurate gene expression. Additionally, she is studying the G-proteins of the translation elongation machinery as models of the mechanism of guanine nucleotide exchange factors and GTPase activator of GTP-binding proteins. Recent work has also led to new insights into a fungal specific translation elongation factor as a target for anti-fungal development, mechanisms of action of diphtheria toxin on translation elongation factor 2 and a translation factor as a target for a non-hormonal male contraceptive lead compound. She has mentored numerous postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates and high schools students as part of her research program. She has organized numerous international meetings and served on or chaired study sections for both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.