Kym Delventhal joined the Institute in 2003 and served numerous roles on the former Molecular Biology Team where, in 2012, she started a genome engineering service that expanded rapidly. In 2019, she became Head of Genome Engineering. In this role, she manages a team that utilizes the transformative CRISPR technology for multiple applications across the Institute and drives collaborations with other Stowers technology centers.
Delventhal graduated from Kansas State University in 2003 with degrees in microbiology and chemistry. While there, she was a research assistant in the Wheat Genetics Resource Center. Delventhal has been a member of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) since 2007. In 2014, she was a founding member of the Genome Editing Research Group and has served as chair from 2017-2019 and 2021-2022. Delventhal was recently elected to the ABRF Executive Board for 2022-2025.