Meet the Study Team

The CPMC Research Study Team – with responsibilities ranging from collection and analysis of saliva samples to management of the CPMC web portal, from generation of educational material and personalized risk reports to providing genetic counseling to participants – helps maintain the study's forward momentum. Meet the CPMC Study Team:

Michael Christman, PhD

Michael Christman, PhD, is the president and CEO of the Coriell Institute, as well as the Principal Investigator of the CPMC research study. Under Mike's leadership, Coriell has established a state-of-the-art Genotyping and Microarray Center and formed partnerships with several hospitals to enroll volunteer study participants into the CPMC research study.


Mark Bellafante
meet-the-study-bellafanteMark Bellafante is the director of information technology at Coriell and is responsible for meeting all of the technology needs of the Institute. Mark is responsible for providing the proper hardware, software and networking capabilities to the CPMC research study team. He also helps manage the key information technology initiatives critical to the CPMC study's ongoing success.

Norman Gerry, PhD
meet-the-study-gerryNorman Gerry, PhD, is the director of Coriell's Genotyping and Microarray Center. Norman has been involved in microarray analyses and DNA testing for several years and has successfully processed thousands of microarrays. He and his team are responsible for performing the genetic testing for all CPMC study participants.

  Joe Jarvis, PhD

meet-the-study-team-joe-jarvisJoseph Jarvis, PhD, is director of genomic risk reporting for the CPMC study. 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 for submission to both the CPMC's Informed Cohort Oversight Board and Pharmacogenomics Advisory Group.

Leo Jose
meet-the-study-team-joseLeo Jose is the application development manager at Coriell. He oversees all software development at the Institute. Leo also manages the daily information technology activities that support the CPMC research study by working closely with the project scientists and application developers.

  Tara Schmidlen, MS, LCGC
meet-the-study-schmidlenTara Schmidlen, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor for the CPMC. In this role, Tara develops educational materials for study participants and health professionals and is available to provide free genetic counseling to study participants and their physicians by phone, email and/or in person.