Deborah Requesens, PhD

Principal Investigator, NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository

Principal Investigator, NIA Aging Cell Repository

Deborah Requesens, Ph.D., is the principal investigator of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository at Coriell, an extensive collection representing more than 1,000 unique human diseases. The Human Genetic Cell Repository contains more than 11,000 cell lines and 5,500 DNA samples focusing on heritable diseases. She collaborates with researchers and other institutions and coordinates with investigators and advocacy groups to identify new submissions.

She is also the principal investigator of the National Institute of Aging (NIA) Aging Cell Repository, a resource facilitating cellular and molecular research studies on the mechanisms of aging and the degenerative processes associated with it. 

Prior to joining Coriell, Deborah was a project manager at BioStrategies LC, where she supported a team concentrated on protein-derived health therapies, administered grant proposals, and interfaced with disease advocacy groups. Previously, Deborah held the role of chief operations officer at Infinite Enzymes, an innovative biotechnology organization exploring enzyme generation in corn seed.

Deborah received her undergraduate degrees in plant biotechnology and bioengineering from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. She earned her doctorate in plant molecular biology from the Dublin Institute of Technology and completed a fellowship at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.