Kinzy Promoted to Vice President for Research

Terri Goss Kinzy, Ph.D., professor in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is vice president for research in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In this new position, she is responsible for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, corporate contracts, and research operations, including IT, budgeting, communications, and personnel. 

Kinzy is a faculty member in the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pediatrics. She has most recently served as senior associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at RWJMS and interim senior associate dean for research at RWJMS. She has previously served as director of Core Facility and the RWJMS/Rutgers/Princeton MD/PhD Program.

Kinzy’s research focuses on post-transcriptional control of gene. Her most recent work has utilized the yeast model system to understand the structure and function of the translational apparatus and how this process affects efficient and accurate gene expression.   Her recent work has 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.

Kinzy holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from The University of Akron and a doctorate in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Her postdoctoral training in molecular genetics was performed at Carnegie Mellon. She joined RWJMS as an assistant professor in 1995. Kinzy was elected to the University Master Educator Guild in 2001, Selected Compact for Faculty Diversity Bridges to the Professoriate Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2002 and named a Woman of the Year in Medicine for Somerset County, New Jersey in 2004. Her mentoring has been recognized by New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research Outstanding Mentor Award and the R. Walter Schlesinger Basic Science Mentoring Award. She was a 2004 fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program.

Kinzy was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2016. 

Kinzy has organized numerous scientific meetings, served on or chaired study sections for both the NIH and NSF, has played an active role in national scientific societies and the American Association of Medical Schools, and currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry.