Principal Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Repository
Cristian A. Pérez, PhD, is principal investigator at Coriell Institute for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Repository, an extensive collection of more than sixty thousand high-quality human cell lines, DNAs and other biospecimens targeted at identifying genetic origins of nervous system disorders and disease-specific biomarkers. In this role, Cristian oversees operations of the repository and works closely with a team of scientific investigators and project managers at Coriell and at NINDS, striving to implement processing efficiencies and data management measures in an effort to consistently achieve the high standards of the Institute.
Cristian was a postdoctoral and research associate at the Rockefeller University in New York, where he used anatomical, genetic, and behavioral techniques to characterize brain circuits underlying complex behaviors in mammals and to identify molecular markers for critical neurons within those circuits. Immediately prior to joining Coriell, Cristian established a similar program of study at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
Born and raised in Chile, Cristian received his undergraduate and advanced degrees in biochemistry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and earned his doctorate degree in neuroscience from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.