Director, 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."
Courtney Kronenthal, PhD, is director of communications and development at Coriell Institute. Courtney leads a multi-faceted program that leverages strategic communications intended for business and governmental leaders, regional educators, media, and the public, to demonstrate the Institute's research and biobanking initiatives and develop specific cases for funding support. Courtney cultivates and manages the Institute's media relations program, ensuring public relations and messaging campaigns reach regional and national outlets.
While Coriell maintains significant grants and contracts with the National Institutes of Health and other funding organizations, the Institute relies on support from private, foundation, and corporate philanthropy to spearhead cutting-edge research initiatives. The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative® (CPMC®), a research study that aims to evaluate the utility of using the knowledge of genetics in medicine, has successfully obtained federal funding, but was initiated with private funds. To attract this vital revenue, Courtney and her team plan and conduct events for key donors and prospects to communicate Coriell's goals and mission while building long-term relationships.
As the Coriell Board of Trustees is a key asset of the Institute, Courtney ensures that board members have meaningful engagement with the organization and are kept abreast of current information by serving as a liaison to the Board of Trustees. She also believes internal communication is important for the success of an organization, and as such, promotes employee outreach.
Courtney guides the communications program designed exclusively for the participants of the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative research study, and as a key spokesperson for the Institute, often lectures on the topic of genomic medicine to medical students, medical, healthcare, and pharmaceutical professionals, and various association groups.
Prior to joining Coriell, Courtney earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She later received her doctorate in genetics and genomics from Boston University's School of Medicine, studying the role of histone modifications in DNA replication and repair.