Kerry Kornfeld, MD, PhD

Professor, Developmental Biology

The Kornfeld lab pursues two research areas: animal aging and the biology of zinc. Our goals in aging research are to characterize how animals change as they age and identify genetic and pharmacological approaches to extend the health span. We are particularly interested female reproductive aging. Our goals in zinc research are to understand mechanisms of homeostasis in response to both excess and deficiency. We have identified the lysosome as the key storage depot for zinc, and are using state of the art microscopy to define how this organelle is remodeled during zinc homeostasis.

Research keywords: aging; zinc homeostasis; C. elegans

Basic information

Mentoring statement:Not provided.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:Andrea Scharf transitioned in fall 2022 to Assistant Professor at U. of Missouri Science & Technology. Adelita Mendoza is a current postdoctoral fellow who received a NIH K99/R00 award and will transition to an Assistant Professor position in the fall of 2024.

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:1
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.