Meet Our Team
Advances in medical research happen at Coriell because of the exceptional people who work here.
We arrived here from diverse backgrounds and with different life experiences. We have various educational backgrounds and a variety of beliefs. We operate in assorted roles in many areas, such as molecular biology, genomics, information technology, facilities, finance, stem cell research, and communications and development. In the end, we’re all connected in our enterprise to advance medical breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. People like our parents, our sister, our husband, and our children.
Every day we do work that matters.
Michael F. Christman, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
"Coriell's relatively small size of about 120 employees allows us to be both nimble and enterprising in a way that isn't possible in a larger organization. I find that very refreshing and exciting."
Chief Strategy Officer
"Coriell manages assets essential to scientists around the world, while also working to harness the power of personalized medicine and stem cell science that will usher in a new era of drug and research discoveries." [ Learn More › ]
Director, Government Affairs and Policy
"Coriell's success as a partner in research is a hallmark of our Institute. Whether collaborating with the National Institutes of Health or supporting an independent researcher, our commitment to advancing medical research is forged in these partnerships." [ Learn More › ]
Amal Aly, MD, PhD
"Coriell's capacity for high-quality cytogenomic analysis is the type of custom research offering that has come to distinguish the Institute. Our state-of-the-art technologies and lab space enable us to achieve excellence in service." [ Learn More › ]
Gregor Balaburski, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository, Staff Scientist
"The NINDS Repository is a powerful resource invested in uncovering the value of approaching debilitating disease with a consideration to genetics. Coriell is optimally positioned to harness that power and influence the next groundbreaking discovery." [ Learn More › ]
Shilpa Gandre-Babbe, PhD
Stem Cell Biobank Group Leader
"The promise of induced pluripotent stem cell technology is unparalleled for regenerative therapy, for near accurate human models of diseases-in-a-dish, and for the screening efficacy and toxicity of novel drugs. We are poised on the frontier of innovation and our expertise will influence the major scientific discoveries of tomorrow." [ Learn More › ]
Cristian A. Pérez, PhD
Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository
"Coriell's unique expertise in biobanking, genomic and stem cell technologies, and data management make us ideally suited to handle the NINDS Repository, a unique collection of high-quality biospecimens available to the neuroscience community worldwide." [ Learn More › ]
Fedik Rahimov, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository
"As the longtime home of the NHGRI Sample Repository, Coriell has established itself as a trusted source for biospecimen and is able to help drive important research studies. It's very rewarding to be a part of that effort." [ Learn More › ]
Alissa M. Resch, PhD
Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository
"Ensuring service proficiency while adhering to stringent sample integrity standards has leveraged Coriell Institute as the preeminent source for high-grade biospecimens. We are doing our part to empower meaningful scientific exploration." [ Learn More › ]
Laura Scheinfeldt, PhD
Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
"By assembling insightful data and probing the role genetic information plays in the patient-physician construction, the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative will inform and optimize the future model of healthcare delivery." [ Learn More › ]
Nahid Turan, PhD
Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository, Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study Biorepository
"The array and breadth of samples stored in the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository has steered international scientific pursuit for more than 40 years." [ Learn More › ]
Ruixue Zhaoyang, PhD
Behavioral Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative
"Examining the relationship between genetic information and health-related behaviors will prove imperative to shaping a more efficient health system. The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative research study is driving this crucial pursuit." [ Learn More › ]
Giving to Coriell
As a non-profit institute, Coriell is fortunate to be engaged in several federally-funded awards. However, we rely on private philanthropy for our more cutting-edge, independent research. Thank you for supporting science!