Zachary Kaminsky

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Zachary Kaminsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and jointly appointed in the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto where he studied psychiatric epigenetics and helped to create and advance some of the first techniques used to study DNA methylation across the entire genome. After a fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, he joined the Psychiatry Department faculty at Johns Hopkins and heads a laboratory located within the Mood Disorders Center. The focus of his laboratory is the study of the epigenetic underpinnings of psychiatric disease with a particular focus on mood disorders. Epigenetic marks stand at the interface of genes and the environment as they can be reprogrammed by various factors including stress as well as maternal nurturing or neglect. Dr. Kaminsky’s laboratory focuses on basic science research, novel molecular and bioinformatic methods development, and translational studies. A specific focus of his work is the development of disease predictive biomarkers utilizing DNA methylation marks in peripheral tissues to diagnose the risk to a future mental illness. Dr. Kaminsky is actively studying epigenetic marks in relation to suicide and postpartum depression.

Participant In:

Epigenetics at Work

Saturday, September 12, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck might today say, echoing the words of Mark Twain, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Lamarck’s theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics, once derided as “soft inheritance,” has been revived through the field of epigenetics: the study of alterations in gene expression or phenotype caused by mechanisms other than primary… read more »

The Helix Center is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of a series of fourteen roundtables addressing big questions in the physical, natural, and biological sciences and the humanities. The topics are: Knowledge and Limitations; The Span of Infinity; Complexity and Emergence; The Search for Immortality;  The Sublime Experience; The Meditative State; The… read more »