Tootie Tatum, PhD, MBA

CLIA Director of the Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center

Tootie Tatum, PhD, MBA, is the CLIA Director of the Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center. Prior to joining Coriell, Dr. Tatum 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. She was also the Director of Project Management for the Joint Genome Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a massive-scale genome sequencing facility that grew out of the Human Genome Project.

Tootie is board certified as a high-complexity laboratory director and as a clinical consultant in molecular diagnostics. She also serves as a voting member on the American Board of Bioanalysis, as well as a CAP specialty inspector in molecular diagnostics and team leader. Tootie obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico, focusing on cellular mechanisms of lung fibrosis during breast cancer treatment and subsequently obtained an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

She is currently the CEO of Blackhawk Genomics.