Michael Christman

Jan 03, 2018

Michael Christman, president and CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, has died. He joined Coriell in 2007 and founded the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative, which studies the utility of genetics in medicine. He also co-founded pharmacogenomics company Coriell Life Sciences and served as chairman of its board of directors. Previously, he was a professor and founding chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomics at Boston University School of Medicine. Before that, he was an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Christman held a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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