Meet Our Team

Advances in medical research happen at Coriell because of the exceptional people who work here.

We arrived here from diverse backgrounds and with different life experiences. We have various educational backgrounds and a variety of beliefs. We operate in assorted roles in many areas, such as molecular biology, genomics, information technology, facilities, finance, stem cell research, and communications and development. In the end, we’re all connected in our enterprise to advance medical breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. People like our parents, our sister, our husband, and our children.

Every day we do work that matters.

michael-christman-bio-thumbMichael F. Christman, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
"Coriell's relatively small size of about 120 employees allows us to be both nimble and enterprising in a way that isn't possible in a larger organization. I find that very refreshing and exciting." 

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Andrew MacKnight
andrew-macknight-thumbChief Strategy Officer
"Coriell manages assets essential to scientists around the world, while also working to harness the power of personalized medicine and stem cell science that will usher in a new era of drug and research discoveries." [ Learn More › ]
 

Steven Madore, PhD
steve-madore-thumbDirector, Biobanking
"Our mission in Biobanking and Molecular Biology is to continuously meet Coriell's historic commitment of providing the highest quality genomic material for the genetics research community."Learn More › ]
 

Courtney Kronenthal, PhD

courtney-kronenthal-thumbDirector, Communications and Development
"At Coriell, we appreciate that it is our responsibility to share the significance and consequences of our research with the public. We welcome public perspectives, and welcome public engagement in our programs. Indeed, it makes our research better and keeps us focused on our mission of improving lives through research."Learn More › ]

Bernadette M. Horvat

bernadette-horvat-thumb-photoDirector, Human Resources
"The pioneering and innovative work taking place at Coriell puts us in the unique position of being able to attract and inspire the most gifted scientists and researchers in their respective fields."Learn More › ]
 

Susan Delaney

susan-delaney-thumbDirector, Government Affairs and Policy
"Coriell's success as a partner in research is a hallmark of our Institute. Whether collaborating with the National Institutes of Health or supporting an independent researcher, our commitment to advancing medical research is forged in these partnerships."Learn More › ]



Mark Bellafante

mark-bellafante-thumbDirector, Information Technology
"Coriell is an exciting place to work as information technology is such a vital component of our cutting-edge science initiatives in genomics research and it's essential in tracking the millions of biological specimens we manage." 
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Michael J. Seneca

mike-seneca-thumbDirector, Core Services
"While our team manages day-to-day physical operations of the institute, our focus is not short-term. Our mission is to continuously improve the infrastructure at Coriell, so our scientists can focus on the scientific accomplishments of our future."  Learn More › ]

Gregor Balaburski, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository, Staff Scientist
"The NINDS Repository is a powerful resource invested in uncovering the value of approaching debilitating disease with a consideration to genetics. Coriell is optimally positioned to harness that power and influence the next groundbreaking discovery."
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Dorit S. Berlin, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository
Principal Investigator, Congenital Heart Disease Genetic Network Study Biorepository
“Coriell’s long-standing NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository and one of our newest – CHD GENES – allow us to distribute biospecimens that we have had for decades, as well as new resources enabled by recent technologies, including induced pluripotent stem cells.” [ Learn More › ]


Shilpa Gandre-Babbe, PhD

Stem Cell Biobank Group Leader
"The promise of induced pluripotent stem cell technology is unparalleled for regenerative therapy, for near accurate human models of diseases-in-a-dish, and for the screening efficacy and toxicity of novel drugs. We are poised on the frontier of innovation and our expertise will influence the major scientific discoveries of tomorrow."
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Felipe García-España, PhD

Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
Senior Research Biostatistician
"The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative is the result of using the scientific methods of a multidisciplinary Coriell team of scientists, geneticists, genetic counselors, and information technologists to deliver genetic and environmental risk results to participants. The rigorous application of epidemiological and statistical methods has been an integral component and strength of this project." [ Learn More › ]


Norman Gerry, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute of Aging Repository
Director, Genotyping and Microarray Center
“The availability of genome-based technologies holds incredible potential for improving how each of our medical decisions is made. It’s a fascinating time to be involved in this progressive area of research.” [ Learn More › ]

Neda Gharani, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository
“It is truly a privilege to be involved in the international effort of the 1000 Genomes Consortium which provides the resources and tools that make projects like the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative possible and the implementation of personalized medicine tangible.” [ Learn More › ]


Joseph P. Jarvis, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
"In theory, the complexity of the genome presents incredible opportunities to improve human health and wellness. It's both fascinating and exciting to be a part of a team working to turn opportunity into reality."
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Victoria Kelly, PhD

Molecular Biology Group Leader
"The Coriell Molecular Biology Laboratory prepares superior-quality genetic material for research needs around the world, and we meet that challenge with a dedication to efficiency and excellence."
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Cristian A. Pérez, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository
"Coriell's unique expertise in biobanking, genomic and stem cell technologies, and data management make us ideally suited to handle the NINDS Repository, a unique collection of high-quality biospecimens available to the neuroscience community worldwide."  [ Learn More › ]

Alissa M. Resch, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository
Senior Scientist, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository
"Ensuring service proficiency while adhering to stringent sample integrity standards has leveraged Coriell Institute as the preeminent source for high-grade biospecimens. We are doing our part to empower meaningful scientific exploration." [ Learn More › ]


Laura Scheinfeldt, PhD

Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
"By assembling insightful data and probing the role genetic information plays in the patient-physician construction, the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative will inform and optimize the future model of healthcare delivery."
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Chi Tarn, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Human Genetics Resource Center
“Our mission with the NINDS Repository is to be a centralized public resource providing the highest quality biological specimens and corresponding clinical data to promote neurological research worldwide. The ultimate goal is to reduce the burden of neurological disease.”
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Nahid Turan, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository
"The array and breadth of samples stored in the NIGMS Genetic Cell Repository has steered international scientific pursuit for more than 40 years."
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