Laura Scheinfeldt, PhD

Program Manager, Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Human Genetics Resource Center 

Laura Scheinfeldt, PhD, is program manager and principal investigator of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Human Genetics Resource Center at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.

The NINDS Human Genetics Resource Center at Coriell Institute receives blood samples and clinical data from individuals diagnosed with neurological diseases as well as unaffected relatives and population controls and prepares DNA and cell lines for distribution to promote neurological disease research.

Laura previously served as a research scientist in Coriell Institute’s Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), a research study to evaluate the clinical utility of genetic data. In this role, Laura applied her background in population genetics to the participant-based initiative and supported the research and analysis goals of the study.

Prior to joining Coriell, Laura was a research scientist in the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the ways in which past human adaptation has shaped contemporary genomic variation.

Laura earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Skidmore College in New York. She received her doctorate in anthropology from Temple University, where she researched genetic variation and population migration in the Southwest Pacific. For her postdoctoral work, Laura explored genotype-phenotype relationships related to congenital heart disease at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and conducted computational analyses of human population genomic data at the University of Washington's Department of Genome Sciences.