Chi Tarn, PhD

chi_tarnPrincipal 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.”

Chi Tarn, PhD, is the principal investigator of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository at Coriell Institute. Chi oversees operations of the repository to ensure high quality and timely deliverables, and to best support the discovery of genetic causes of nervous system disorders.

Prior to joining Coriell, Chi served many roles in the pharmaceutical industry, including early-phase drug discovery of lead compounds, biomarker identification, and validation in pre-clinical proof-of-concept studies and clinical trials. Prior to her industry experience, Chi served as a research investigator at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where her research focus was on targeted cancer therapy in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Chi’s work subsequently led to a potential targeted therapy for a subset population of GIST patients.

Chi received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and microbiology in Taiwan, her graduate degree in molecular and cell biology from Harvard University, and she earned her doctorate in molecular biology and developmental biology from Purdue University. During her postdoctoral training at both Purdue University and Fox Chase, Chi received an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship award and the Howard Temin Career Award.