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.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Michael Christman, president and chief executive officer of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.


Mark Bellafante

Chief Information Officer

Mark directs a group of application developers and infrastructure administrators charged with supporting the institute's key business and scientific programs.

Courtney Mengel Dirks, JD

Director of Communications and Government Relations

In this capacity, Courtney guides the internal and external communication programs of the institute, while also elevating the Coriell profile.

Kathryn H. Driesbaugh, PhD 

Program Manager

Kate is program manager for the Huntington’s Disease (HD) Community Repository and National Eye Institute (NEI) Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Repository.

Joseph P. Jarvis, PhD

Director of Genomic Risk Reporting 

Joe helps lead the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative® (CPMC®), a research study exploring the utility of using genetic information in medicine. 

Leo Jose, MBA

Director of Application Development

Leo leads a team of highly-skilled software developers who create innovative software applications to address Coriell's unique and sophisticated systems requirements. 

Sameer Kalghatgi, PhD

Assistant Director of Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Sameer manages the cell and molecular biology laboratory supervisors and staff by providing scientific and technical guidance and leads the laboratory teams. 

Ellen Kelly, PhD

Program Manager

Ellen oversees new projects at Coriell, leveraging her scientific background and resource management capabilities to guide earned business opportunities. 

Ruby O'Lexy, PhD

Associate for Grants and Scientific programs

Ruby helps to expand Coriell’s research capacity by pinpointing funding opportunities which align with the institute’s priorities.

Deborah Requesens, PhD

Program Manager

As program manager, Debbie is the principal investigator of the National Institute of Aging Aging Cell Repository, and the PI of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Repository. 

Alissa M. Resch, PhD

Director of Biobanking Operations

Alissa provides oversight and guidance for all repository contracts and grants and, in this role, oversees the project management teams to ensure all project deliverables are met or exceeded.

Laura Scheinfeldt, PhD

Program Manager

Laura is program manager and principal investigator of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Human Genetics Resource Center at the Coriell

Dean Stoios, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Tasked with overseeing the institute's financial infrastructure and introducing, initiating and implementing key directives, Dean is an accomplished innovator with experience steering global health and medical service organizations.

Tootie Tatum, PhD, MBA

CLIA Director of the Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center

Prior to joining Coriell, Tootie founded the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics and served as Associate Professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

Nahid Turan, PhD

Director of Laboratory Operations

Nahid oversees the molecular biology, cell biology, stem cell and cytogenetics laboratories, biobanking logistics, quality control and assurance, and customer service for all of our laboratory operations.

Dana Youngblood

Manager of Human Resources

In her role, Dana oversees a wide range of duties including talent management, benefits administration and employee relations.

Stefan Zajic, PhD

Principal Research Scientist

Stefan is a research scientist at Coriell focused on the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), a research study examining the clinical utility of genetic information. 

Pan Zhang, MD, PhD

Director of the Sequencing and Microarray Center 

Pan oversees our powerful, high-throughput laboratory capable of analyzing large volumes of DNA and RNA samples.