AWISNJ: New Jersey’s Coriell, Closing the Gender Gap in STEM


The New Jersey Chapter for the Association for Women in Science recently wrote about the Coriell Institute for Medical Research and the way it bucks the trend regarding gender disparity in STEM.

As it stands, about 70 percent of scientific roles – including leadership and at-the-bench lab positions – are filled by women at Coriell. This is a trend started by our founder, Dr. Lewis Coriell, who hired women and invested in their careers at a time when men were the norm in science and the workplace in general.

A prime example of Dr. Coriell’s commitment to women scientists is his hiring of Dr. Lorraine Toji, a talented scientist who earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Dr. Toji started at Coriell shortly after completing her PhD work and for nearly 50 years successfully led many programs at the Institute before her death in 2017.

“The Coriell Institute is a fantastic place to work because its values its employees for their contributions and talent above all else” said Nahid Turan, PhD, Coriell’s Director of Laboratory Operations. “We are fortunate in that the Institute’s structure accommodates for generous work-life balance. We treasure our colleagues and are willing to make long term investments in their careers.”

You can read more at the New Jersey chapter for the Association for Women in Science.

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