Anne Kenworthy

Kenworthy, Anne

Primary Appointment

Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics


  • BA, Biology, Kenyon College
  • PhD, Cell Biology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • Postdoc, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Postdoc, Cell Biology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Contact Information

Office: Snyder 362-1
Telephone: (434) 982-3256

Research Disciplines

Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Physiology

Research Interests

Architecture and function of biological membranes

Research Description

Research Description
One of the major goals of my research program is to understand the role of membrane microdomains such as lipid rafts and caveolae in health and disease. We address this question using a combination of live cell imaging, cell biology, biophysics, structural, and biochemical approaches. Current projects ongoing in the lab include:

1. How do proteins and lipid cooperate to build functional raft domains?

2. How do bacterial toxins exploit lipid rafts as a mechanism to enter host cells?

3. How do cholesterol and lipid rafts contribute to the progression of Alzheimer's disease?

4. How do mutations in caveolin-1 and defects in caveolae cause human diseases such as breast cancer and pulmonary arterial hypertension?

5. What is the structural basis for caveolae formation?

Selected Publications