Illinois State University President Terri Goss Kinzy
Terri Goss Kinzy Ph.D. graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from The University of Akron, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and did postdoctoral training in molecular genetics at Carnegie Mellon University. She started her career at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) as an assistant professor in 1995 rising to professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pediatrics in 2003. Dr. Kinzy was elected to the University Master Educator Guild, selected as a Bridges to the Professoriate Faculty Mentor of the Year from the Compact for Faculty Diversity, named a Woman of the Year in Medicine for Somerset County, New Jersey, and a Crain’s Detroit Notable Woman in STEM. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program. Her mentoring of others has been recognized with the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research Outstanding Mentor Award and the R. Walter Schlesinger Basic Science Mentoring Award.
Dr. Kinzy joined Western Michigan University in 2018 as vice president of research and professor of biological sciences. Previously at Rutgers, Dr. Kinzy served in a series of administrative roles, including director of the RWJMS/Rutgers University/Princeton University MD/Ph.D. Program, executive director of the RWJMS DNA Core Facility, and senior 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. She was elevated to vice president for research for Rutgers, overseeing the offices responsible for research and sponsored programs, corporate contracts, grant and contract accounting, facilitation of major research initiatives, and corporate engagement.
Her service is best exemplified with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where she has been a national meeting session organizer and chair of the membership and public affairs advisory committees. She was a member of the Association for Public Land-Grant Universities Council on Research Executive Committee. She works to advocate for research polices and funding and education priorities. She was an invited member of an ASBMB-organized Summit on the Sustainability of the Biomedical Research Enterprise, working with a select group of thought leaders to craft action items on career training for students and post docs, paths for staff scientists, and mechanisms to assure stable funding for research.
Dr. Kinzy is recognized as a world leader in the study of protein synthesis and drug development. Her work utilizes the bread yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae model system to understand structure/function relationships in proteins that translate an mRNA into proteins and how this process affects efficient and accurate cellular processes. Recent work has also led to new insights into a fungal specific protein as a target for anti-fungal drug development, mechanisms of action of diphtheria toxin 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 school students as part of her research program. She has organized and chaired sessions for numerous international meetings and served on or chaired study sections for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her work has been funded by numerous sponsors including the NIH, the NSF as a CAREER Award recipient, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and numerous foundations and corporations.