Kenneth Shatzkes

Associate Program Officer

Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Shatzkes is an Associate Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Crohn’s Disease Program. Ken helps to oversee the current research grants and identify new potential funding opportunities with a focus on improved diagnostics for individuals living with Crohn’s disease.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Ken was a policy advisor in the Office of the Governor of New Jersey where he provided scientifically-sound recommendations on issues related to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Previously, he performed biomedical research in the areas of genomics, microbiome science, and infectious disease, at the J. Craig Venter Institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Infectious Disease) from Rutgers University and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics and Development from McGill University. He is a passionate advocate for science communication and education, and volunteers with various science outreach programs in his community.