Deborah Requesens, PhD

Program Director  

My research has focused on rare disease and biobanking, and I actively strive to provide opportunities for patients and family advocates to be part of the search for treatments and cures for disease by participating in biorepositories. I have been involved in the rare disease space more than 15 years.

My past experience includes research in drug development of Enzyme Replacement Therapies for lysosomal storage disorders produced in transgenic plants and Patient Advocacy for rare disease research. As a Program Director at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research and the Principal Investigator for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Human Genetic Cell Repository (HGCR), I manage an extensive collection of cell lines and DNA representing a variety of disease states, chromosomal abnormalities and healthy individuals across several distinct human populations. 

All aspects of repository management and strategic decisions to optimize efficiency and productivity of this biobank are overseen by myself. I coordinate contract-oriented objectives, supervise the Institute’s complex biospecimen value stream, contribute to strategy development and implementation, and focus on developing R&D initiatives. I manage the scientific operations of the biobank and interface with governmental project officers, scientific advisory committee members, laboratory managers, and other departments at Coriell, to ensure maximal efficiency. 

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow - Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AK

Doctoral Candidate - National University of Ireland/Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland                     

BS - Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Publications

PubMed - My Bibliography