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 F. 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 › ]

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 › ]

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. [ Learn More › ]


Deborah Requesens, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository

Deborah Requesens, PhD, is the co-principal investigator of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository at Coriell, a collection representing more than 900 unique human diseases. [ 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 › ]

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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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 › ]