Meet Our Team

Michael Christman AboutAdvances 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.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Michael Christman, president and chief executive officer of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.

Mark Bellafante

Chief Information Officer

Mark Bellafante is the chief information officer at Coriell Institute. Mark directs a group of application developers and infrastructure administrators charged with supporting the Institute's key business and scientific programs. [ Learn More › ]

Kathryn H. Driesbaugh, PhD

Program Manager, Huntington’s Disease (HD) Community Repository and National Eye Institute (NEI) Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Repository

Kathryn H. Driesbaugh, PhD, is a program manager at Coriell and serves as the principal investigator for the Huntington’s Disease (HD) Community and National Eye Institute projects.  [ Learn More › ]

Courtney Mengel Dirks, JD

Director, Communications and Government Relations

Courtney Mengel Dirks is director of communications and government relations at Coriell. In this capacity, she guides the internal and external communication programs of the Institute, while also working to elevate the Coriell profile. [ Learn More › ]

Craig Fishman

Director, Strategic Alliances

Craig Fishman is the director of strategic alliances at Coriell Institute. In this role, Craig is charged with guiding Coriell's business operations initiatives. [ 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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Leo Jose

Director, Application Development

Leo Jose is the director of application development at Coriell. In this capacity, He leads a team of highly-skilled software developers who create innovative software applications to address the Institute's unique and sophisticated systems requirements. [ Learn More › ]

Sameer Kalghatgi, PhD

Assistant Director, Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 

Sameer Kalghatgi, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. In this capacity, he manages the cell and molecular biology laboratory supervisors and staff by providing scientific and technical guidance and leads the laboratory teams. [ Learn More › ]

Ellen Kelly, PhD

Program Manager, New Projects

Ellen Kelly is the program manager for new projects at Coriell, leveraging her scientific background and resource management capabilities to guide earned business opportunities. Prior to joining Coriell, Ellen was a senior research associate in the Integrative Muscle Physiology Laboratory (Department of Kinesiology) at the College of Public Health at Temple University, where her work focused on identifying non-invasive biomarkers for muscle disease and traumatic brain injury.  [ Learn More › ]

Ruby O’Lexy, PhD

Associate, Grants and Scientific Programs

Ruby O’Lexy, PhD, is the associate for grants and scientific programs at Coriell. In her role, Ruby helps to expand Coriell’s research capacity by pinpointing funding opportunities which align with the institute’s priorities, coordinating proposal development and identifying prospective collaborations. [ Learn More › ]

Deborah Requesens, PhD

Principal Investigator, NIA Aging Cell Repository, CIRM Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Repository, Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository

Deborah Requesens is 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. She is also the principal investigator of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Repository.   [ Learn More › ]

Alissa M. Resch, PhD

Director of Biobanking Operations, Principal Investigator of NHGRI Sample Repository

Alissa M. Resch, PhD, is the director of Biobanking Operations at Coriell. Alissa provides oversight and guidance for all repository contracts and grants and, in this role, oversees the project management teams to ensure all project deliverables are met or exceeded. [ 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 › ]

Tootie Tatum, PhD, MBA

CLIA Director, Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center

Tootie Tatum, PhD, MBA, is the CLIA Director of the Coriell Genotyping and Microarray Center. Prior to joining Coriell, Dr. Tatum founded the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics and served as Associate Professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. [ Learn More › ]

Nahid Turan, PhD

Director of Laboratory Operations and Principal Investigator, NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study Biorepository

Nahid Turan, PhD, is director of Laboratory Operations at Coriell Institute for Medical Research, overseeing the molecular biology, cell biology, stem cell and cytogenetics laboratories, biobanking logistics, quality control and assurance, and customer service for all of our laboratory operations.
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Dana Youngblood

Manager, Human Resources

Dana Youngblood is the Manager of Human Resources for the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. In her role, Dana oversees a wide range of duties including talent management, benefits administration and employee relations. [ Learn More › ]

Stefan Zajic, PhD

Principal Research Scientist, Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative

Stefan Zajic is a research scientist at Coriell focused on the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), a research study examining the clinical utility of genetic information. [ Learn More › ]

Pan Zhang, PhD, MD

Director, Sequencing and Microarray Center

Pan Zhang is director of the sequencing and microarray center at Coriell Institute, a powerful, high-throughput laboratory capable of analyzing large volumes of DNA and RNA samples. [ Learn More › ]