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

michael-christman-bio-thumbPresident and CEO

Michael Christman is president and chief executive officer of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Mike is guiding Coriell on new ventures in emerging science. [ Learn More › ]

Mark Bellafante

Director, Information Technology

Mark Bellafante is director of information technology at Coriell Institute. Mark leads a team of talented software developers who create high quality software applications that see to the diverse business and scientific needs of the Institute. [ Learn More › ]

Laura Cosentino, PhD

Director, Biobanking Logistics and Quality Standards

Laura Cosentino is the director of biobanking logistics and quality standards at Coriell Institute. In this role, Laura is charged with providing scientific and operational direction to the Institute's world-renowned biorepositories. [ Learn More › ]


Susan Delaney

Director, Government Affairs and Policy

Susan Delaney is director of government affairs and policy at Coriell and supports the Institute's strategic goals by shaping emerging policy issues in the areas of personalized medicine, stem cell research, and biobanking. [ Learn More › ]

Shilpa Gandre-Babbe, PhD

Research Scientist, Stem Cell Technologies

Shilpa Gandre-Babbe is a research scientist concentrated on Coriell's innovative stem cell program. In this role, she advances one of the Institute's chief research aims by identifying and introducing new stem cell technologies and processes. [ Learn More › ]


Norman Gerry, PhD

Director, Genotyping and Microarray Center

Norman Gerry is the director of the Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center, a high-throughput facility capable of analyzing 2,000 DNA or RNA samples per month. [ Learn More › ]

Kristina L. Green, PhD

Director, Cell and Molecular Biology

Kristina L. Green is the director of Coriell Institute's cell and molecular biology laboratories. Kristina coordinates the efforts of two high-throughput labs and oversees DNA and RNA extraction, quality control measures, biofluid processing, mycoplasma testing, establishment of cell lines, and rigorous quality control processes. [ Learn More › ]


Bernadette M. Horvat

Executive Director, Human Resources and Workplace Operations

Bernadette M. Horvat is the executive director of human resources and workplace operations for Coriell Institute. In this role, she oversees and implements all human resources programs and initiatives, driving Coriell's commitment to talent management and ongoing staff development. [ Learn More › ]

Joseph P. Jarvis, PhD

Director, Genomic Risk Reporting

Joseph P. Jarvis is director of genomic risk reporting for the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative. Joseph leads a team of innovative research scientists and biostatisticians committed to identifying genetic variants associated with risk of complex disease and variability in drug response.
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Cristian A. Pérez, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository

Cristian A. Pérez is principal investigator at Coriell Institute for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository, an extensive collection of more than sixty thousand high-quality human cell lines, DNAs and other biospecimens. [ Learn More › ]

Fedik Rahimov, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute on Aging's Aging Cell Repository, Co-Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository

Fedik Rahimov is principal investigator of the National Institute of Aging's (NIA) Aging Cell Repository, which is committed to distributing well-characterized cell and DNA samples for studies on aging and associated degenerative processes. [ Learn More › ]


Deborah Requesens, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository

Deborah Requesens, PhD, is the co-principal investigator of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository at Coriell, a collection representing more than 900 unique human diseases. [ Learn More › ]

Alissa M. Resch, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository, National Eye Institute Age-Related Eye Disease Study

Alissa M. Resch is the principal investigator of the National Human Genome Research Institute Sample Repository at Coriell Institute, a diverse collection of DNA samples and cell lines that has contributed to several landmark initiatives, including the International HapMap and 1000 Genomes Projects. [ Learn More › ]


Dean Stoios

Chief Financial Officer

Dean Stoios is the chief financial officer at Coriell Institute. Tasked with overseeing the Institute's financial infrastructure and introducing, initiating and implementing key directives, Dean is an accomplished innovator with experience steering global health and medical service organizations. [ Learn More › ]

Nahid Turan, PhD

Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository, Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study Biorepository 

Nahid Turan is principal investigator at Coriell Institute for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository, an extensive collection of more than 10,000 cell lines and 5,500 DNA samples focusing on heritable diseases.
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