Ellen Kelly, PhD

Program Director 

My educational and research experience has provided me with the essential laboratory knowledge and operational planning necessary to successfully oversee the many aspects of biorepository management. Through my past work in neurobiology and biomarker identification, I came to realize how critical high quality biospecimens are to the research community and appreciate the impact these have on scientific innovation.

In my current role as Co-Principal Investigator of the NHGRI Sample Repository for Human Genetic Research, I successfully manage the daily operations of the collection including management of repository personnel, reporting, implementing new process efficiency measures, interfacing with NIH Program Officers and Directors, and executing grant deliverables. The daily operations of this resource require coordination and communication with multiple internal departments and external collaborators and organizations; therefore, I am well positioned to manage the daily operations of Coriell’s role in the Human Reference Genome Sequencing Center. In addition, I am also the Principal Investigator of the NIA Aging Cell Repository, so I will bring my experience in leading and overseeing all aspects of repository operations to the proposed work.


Postdoctoral Training - Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

PhD - University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

BS - Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI    


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