Nahid Turan, PhD

Chief Laboratory Officer and Principal Investigator, NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study Biorepository

Nahid Turan, PhD, is Chief Laboratory Officer at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, overseeing 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.

Nahid also serves as the principal investigator at Coriell for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This diverse, world renowned collection contains over 11,500 cell lines and 6,000 DNA samples representing a variety of disease states, chromosomal abnormalities and healthy individuals across several distinct human populations. In this role, Nahid manages the scientific operations of the biobank, recruits new samples, identifies new directions, and interfaces with governmental project officers and scientific advisory committee members. Day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the NIGMS Repository management, optimizing efficiency and productivity, and making strategic decisions as needed to ensure that the project scope of work and objectives are achieved.

Nahid is also the principal investigator of the Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study (CHD GENES) Biorepository at Coriell, which is funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Prior to joining Coriell, Nahid was an associate scientist at the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral fellowships at Fels, in collaboration with UPenn and Penn Fertility Clinic, employing whole genome genotyping, expression and methylation platforms, and bioinformatics to study the effect of assisted reproductive technologies on the human epigenome and transcriptome.

Nahid earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, an advanced degree in toxicology, and doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.