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-christman-bio-thumbMichael 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." 

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Andrew MacKnight
andrew-macknight-thumbChief 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 › ]

Dean Stoios

dean-stoios-thumbChief Financial Officer
"Coriell's unique and progressive business culture demands dynamic leadership and sound strategic development. We succeed by remaining forward-leaning across all facets and we continue to increase our value proposition." [ Learn More › ]

Mark Bellafante

mark-bellafante-thumbDirector, Information Technology
"Coriell is an exciting place to work as information technology is such a vital component of our cutting-edge science initiatives in genomics research and it's essential in tracking the millions of biological specimens we manage."
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Dorit S. Berlin, PhD

dorit-berlin-thumbDirector, Biobanking
"Building a presence as a world-renowned biobanking institution across six decades has been one of Coriell's chief legacies. By insisting on gold-standards for quality and service, we've been able to fuel important scientific breakthroughs around the globe."
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Susan Delaney
susan-delaney-thumbDirector, 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 › ]

Norman Gerry, PhD

norman-gerry-thumbDirector, Genotyping and Microarray Center
Principal Investigator, National Institute of Aging Repository
"The availability of genome-based technologies holds incredible potential for improving how each of our medical decision is made. It's a fascinating time to be involved in this progressive area of research."
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Bernadette Horvat

bernadette-horvat-thumb-photoDirector, Human Resources
"The pioneering and innovative work taking place at Coriell puts us in the unique position of being able to attract and inspire the most gifted scientists and researchers in their respective fields."
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Joseph P. Jarvis, PhD
joseph-jarvis-thumb-updatedDirector, Genomic Risk Reporting
"Personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics are providing the type of real-time insights that could revolutionize modern medicine, and it is a privilege to helm the team at Coriell that is at the leading edge of discovery in both.
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Courtney Kronenthal, PhD
courtney-kronenthal-thumbDirector, Communications and Development
"At Coriell, we appreciate that it is our responsibility to share the significance and consequences of our research with the public. We welcome public perspectives, and welcome public engagement in our programs. Indeed, it makes our research better and keeps us focused on our mission of improving lives through research." [ Learn More › ]



Amal Aly, MD, PhD

Cytogenomics Scientist
"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."
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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."
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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
"Because it's recognized as a top source for high-grade cell lines and DNA from a wide range of populations, the NHGRI Sample Repository at Coriell is able to empower significant scientific research, such as the 1000 Genomes and HapMap projects." [ 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."
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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."
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