Nahid Turan, PhD

Chief Laboratory Officer

Nahid Turan, PhD, is Chief Laboratory Officer at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, overseeing all laboratory (molecular biology, cell biology, stem cell, cytogenetics, SMAC) and biobanking (biobanking logistics, quality assurance and safety, customer service) operations.

Nahid ensures that all the departments she oversees operate at the highest level of efficiency and quality, securing Coriell’s biobanking and research interests. To accomplish this, Nahid monitors and audits multiple quality and production parameters, driving Coriell’s ongoing efforts to streamline and improve processes, and steers all long-term strategic decisions.

Coriell provides custom products and services to scientists around the globe. Nahid leads Coriell’s efforts in this arena, making strategic decisions to optimize efficiency, productivity, and ensure that deliverables are achieved and that Coriell meets the needs of the scientific community. In this capacity, Nahid identifies customer and industry requirements and develops new products and services to meet them. She is also responsible for ensuring the Institute adheres to the ISO9001:2015 standard for Coriell’s quality management system.

Before becoming Coriell’s Chief Laboratory Officer, Nahid served as Director of Laboratory Operations and principal investigator at Coriell for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). In the NIGMS Repository PI role, Nahid managed the scientific and business operations of the biobank, recruited new samples, adopted process efficiency measures, identified new directions, and interfaced with governmental project officers and scientific advisory committee members. In March 2015, Nahid was awarded a $14M U42 grant to fund the continued operations of the NIGMS Repository, through an open competition from the NIGMS.

Nahid also previously served as 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 the University of Pennsylvania 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.