Meet Our Team
The Mass General Brigham Biobank team includes researchers, physicians, genetic counselors, research coordinators, software engineers, and laboratory technicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Please click on a team member’s name to view a short biography.
Scott T. Weiss, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Scientific Director of Mass General Brigham Personalized Medicine (MGBPM), and the Associate Director of BWH's Channing Division of Network Medicine (CNDM). At CNDM, Dr. Weiss currently co-leads the Systems Genetics and Genomics research group of over 25 investigators and 110 support staff. At MGBPM, Dr. Weiss leads a team of over 100 faculty and staff focused on bringing genomics into clinical use across our health care system. His own research is in the field of asthma genomics, asthma pharmacogenomics, and predictive medicine, with currently over $50 million in NIH grant funding. He has trained a total of 51 investigators; 13 of these trainees have reached the rank of professor, including 5 Division Chiefs, and all but 4 remain in academic medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 900 papers and co-written and co-edited four books, including a comprehensive textbook of Respiratory Genetics. He has been a recipient of an NHLBI MERIT award. His career H index is 151. He was identified as being in the top 0.004% of biomedical researchers in the world in terms of impact during the period of 1996-2011 (Eur J Clin Invest. 2013 Dec; 43(12): 1339-65 PMID:24134636).
Dr. Elizabeth Karlson is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is co-Director of the Mass General Brigham Biobank, co-Principal Investigator of the All of Us Research Program, for the New England Precision Medicine Consortium and co-Principal Investigator of the eMERGE (electronic Medical Records and Genomics Consortium) Clinical Center. She serves as Director of the Rheumatic Disease Epidemiology Research Program for the Section of Clinical Sciences, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Karlson’s research interests are in rheumatic disease epidemiology and outcomes, genetics, gene-environment interactions, and bioinformatics analysis of electronic health records for clinical and translational research. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health for translational epidemiology, electronic health record and bioinformatics research studies as well as Human Biosample Research Cores. She leads recruitment for the Mass General Brigham Biobank that aims to collect samples, family history, lifestyle and environmental survey data linked with comprehensive health information from electronic health records from 200,000 Mass General Brigham patients. She coordinates bioinformatics analyses for phenotype algorithms for the Biobank Portal and eMERGE network. She has served on grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, and national grant agencies in Canada and Europe. She has served on the American College of Rheumatology Blue Ribbon Panel on Academic Rheumatology. She has received the Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award, the Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award from the American College of Rheumatology, and the Senior Faculty Mentoring Award from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Slaugenhaupt is a Professor of Neurology (Genetics) at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Scientific Director of the Mass General Research Institute and an Investigator in the Center for Genomic Medicine at Mass General. She is a human geneticist whose work focuses on two neurologic disorders, familial dysautonomia (FD) and mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV), as well as the common cardiac disorder mitral valve prolapse (MVP). Discoveries in the Slaugenhaupt Lab have led to the successful implementation of critical population screening for FD and MLIV, the identification of genes for familial MVP, and more recently to the development of therapeutics for FD and MLIV. Dr. Slaugenhaupt also spearheads several programs and educational initiatives at Mass General, including a thriving undergraduate summer internship program. Her Research Institute team works to promote science at Mass General by increasing interactions with industry, by fundraising for Research Institute initiatives, and by promoting Mass General research to both internal and external audiences. In 2013, Dr. Slaugenhaupt was named the Elizabeth G. Riley and Daniel E. Smith, Jr. MGH Research Scholar. In 2016, she was honored with a prestigious Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and in 2016 she was named one of the Top Ten Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal. She was elected to the Board of the American Society of Human Genetics in 2018 and she serves on the Board of Trustees at Eckerd College. She was recently named the Elizabeth G. Riley and Daniel E. Smith Jr. Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair.
Dr. Jordan Smoller is a psychiatrist, epidemiologist, and geneticist whose research focus has been understanding the genetic and environmental determinants of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and using big data and genomics to advance precision mental health. Dr. Smoller is the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Trustees Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. He is Associate Chief for Research in the MGH Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Precision Psychiatry, and Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine. Dr. Smoller is a Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar and also serves as Director of the Omics Unit of the MGH Division of Clinical Research and co-Director of the Partners HealthCare Biobank at MGH. He is Director of the Partners Healthcare Training Program in Precision and Genomic Medicine. He is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. He is a Principal Investigator of the New England Precision Medicine Consortium as part of the NIH All of Us Research Program and co-Chair of the All of Us Science Committee. He is an author of more than 400 scientific publications and is also the author of The Other Side of Normal (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2012).
Natalie Boutin is Program Director at the Mass General Brigham Biobank and Director of Information Technology for Mass General Brigham Personalized Medicine. In this dual capacity, Natalie is responsible for the Mass General Brigham Biobank’s operations and for its information technology infrastructure. Ms. Boutin also oversees systems that drive clinical and research genomics at Mass General Brigham Personalized Medicine. Ms. Boutin has over twenty years of experience driving large and complex business and technology projects, including more than a decade in the healthcare industry. Ms. Boutin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.
“Working at the Mass General Brigham Biobank is a dream job. We are building a resource that matters, that will make a difference in medicine.” – Natalie Boutin
Ms. Carrie Blout is a Senior Genetic Counselor and Project Manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the Director of Research Development for the Genomes2People translational research group and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Carrie works with the Mass General Brigham Biobank and the NIH eMERGE consortium to return unanticipated actionable genetic findings to Biobank participants. Carrie also works on a number of other genomic studies including managing the MedSeq Project, a randomized control trial exploring the medical, behavioral and economic outcomes of whole genome sequencing.
Ms. Perez is a genetic counselor and project manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital working with the Genomes2People team. Before becoming a genetic counselor, she worked as a research assistant for the Mass General Brigham Biobank for 18 months where she recruited patients, assisted with data management, and expanded clinic recruitment sites. Her current role includes returning unanticipated medically actionable results to biobank participants, coordinating with the eMERGE consortium, and managing other evolving projects within the Genomes2People translational research group.
Mr. Coletti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and comes to the Biobank with over 25 years of executive level management experience in the hospitality and printing industries. He also has extensive experience as a volunteer and board member with several non-profit health and wellness organizations. As a Project Manager at MGH and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Mr. Coletti helps manage operations, compliance, training, data management, recruitment activities, project development, and supports collaborating investigators and recruitment teams.
“I approached an older gentleman before his appointment to tell him about the Biobank. He listened, but didn’t say much. When he came out of his appointment, he walked up to me and said “Tell me in ten words or less why I should do this today?” I paused, thought for a few moments and responded “to accelerate the pace of research on a multitude of conditions by giving us three tablespoons of your blood.” He responded with a big smile “well, son, we both know that was more ten words, but they were the right ones. Let’s go.” Research is complicated, but the reason for the Biobank is really that simple.” — Joe Coletti
Ms. Tchamitchian graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science in 2011, and received her Master of Arts in Biology in 2013. As a senior research assistant, Ms. Tchamitchian assists the project manager in managing and training the Biobank team and various collaborating study teams.
“The idea of a personalized, targeted approach to the treatment and prevention of genetic diseases is one of the most exciting things that I’ve heard. Collecting data for research studies is typically time consuming and expensive. By reducing the time needed and cost of research, the Biobank is allowing medical scientists to focus on what is really important – PEOPLE and how we can best help them, their families, and all of our futures. I am so excited to be a part of this and learn about the difference it makes in the immediate and far future.” –Natasha Tchamitchian
Biniam Tesfayesus graduated from the Eritrean Institute of Technology with a degree in Biology. As a research coordinator Biniam is responsible for recruiting and consenting participants to the Mass General Brigham Biobank as well as engaging participants in discussions on the purpose of broad-based genetic research.
“My interest in research drew me to Mass General Brigham Biobank and MGH. The Biobank’s ability to collect and store blood for over 100,000 participants has given researchers a tremendous resource to work towards treatments for many diseases. It amazes me how much we can learn about a disease based off one’s genetic profile, lifestyle, and environment. The Biobank is advancing the way we think about and address health.” – Biniam Tesfayesus
Claudlyne Bernaus recently graduated from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst with the class of 2019 obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Science on a pre-medical track and with a strong focus on reproductive health. As a Research Coordinator for the Mass General Brigham Biobank at MGH, Claudlyne is responsible for patient recruitment, data management, and the collection of blood specimens.
“Mass General Brigham Biobank’s mission to provide better medical treatments for different diseases and improving the lives of everyday people though genetic research not only allows the community to get involved, but it allows for the growth and expansion of knowledge that had not previously been available in healthcare. Mass General Brigham Biobank inspires the future of medicine and healthcare with the help of modern technology and human interaction. This is a team that I am super excited to be a part of.” – Claudlyne Bernaus
Melissa Shaughnessey recently graduated from Eckerd College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. As a research coordinator, Melissa is responsible for recruiting and consenting participants to the Mass General Brigham Biobank as well as engaging participants in discussions on the purpose of broad-based genetic research.
"The Mass General Brigham Biobank provides an incredible opportunity for patients to participate in the future of healthcare. With the help of many different individuals, we will be able to improve the lives of the community around us. I am proud to be part of such a unique initiative that is thriving and accelerating in personalized medicine." – Melissa Shaughnessey
As a research coordinator, Ms. Rendon is responsible for recruiting and consenting participants to the Mass General Brigham Biobank as well as engaging participants in discussions on the purpose of broad-based genetic research.
“The Mass General Brigham Biobank is an amazing initiative that facilitates the study of how human health is impacted by genes, environment and lifestyle. The Biobank gives people the opportunity to better the future of medicine. That's why I’m excited to be part of this team helping to improve and personalize medicine for future generations.” – Gina Rendon
As a research coordinator, Mr. Lopez is responsible for recruiting and consenting participants to the Mass General Brigham Biobank as well as engaging participants in discussions on the purpose of broad-based genetic research.
“The Mass General Brigham Biobank provides incredible opportunities for participants from any background to help progress the future of medicine. I am genuinely proud to be a part of a team with people who are passionate about research towards personalized preventative medicine” – Johnathan Lopez
Lizbeth Gomez graduated from UMass Lowell in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a focus on Community Health. As a Research Coordinator, Lizbeth is responsible for recruiting and consenting participants to the Mass General Brigham Biobank as well as engaging the participants in discussions on the purpose of broad-based genetic research.
“I believe that the future of healthcare is greatly determined by the collaboration between patients and healthcare providers. The Mass General Brigham Biobank focuses on recruiting patients to facilitate the study of how genes, lifestyle and the environment affect human health. This is an incredible approach to the development of personalized and preventative medicine, and I am excited to be a part of this initiative!” -Lizbeth Gomez
Carolyn Wilson graduated from Duke University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and a minor in Chemistry. She then received her Master of Science in Contemporary Human Anatomy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2019. As a senior research assistant, Ms. Wilson is responsible for patient support, data, educational content, and sample distribution management, and assisting in other operational functions.
“The Biobank is an incredible opportunity for patients to contribute to the advancement of science and medicine. Each person who enrolls in the Biobank is helping researchers develop better disease prevention, detection, and treatment, which will impact the lives of individuals for generations to come. I am proud to be a part of this research initiative that is shaping personalized medicine and healthcare of the future” – Carolyn Wilson
Ms. Caldwell graduated from Brandeis University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. As a research coordinator for the Partners Biobank, she is responsible for patient recruitment, data management, and blood sample collection.
"The Partners Biobank is an exciting initiative which allows patients to contribute to the future of their own healthcare. Not only does it allow scientists to research the relationship between genetics, lifestyle, and disease, it also emphasizes the notion that each patient is unique and their treatments should be unique to them. Over the years the Partners Biobank has expanded and improved tremendously, and I am excited to see the major impact that it will bring to the future of medicine." - Karen Caldwell
Mr. Sturtevant graduated from Providence College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Sociology. As a Research Coordinator, Mr. Sturtevant is responsible for patient recruiting, data management, as well as discussing the benefits of broad-based research.
“To me, the Mass General Brigham Biobank represents the direction all branches of medicine should be heading in. Being a part of a research initiative that not only investigates an individual’s genes, but lifestyle factors and environment, are key to getting a full picture for treating disease. Working with patients, they come to understand that they are not just a number, but a unique individual that is helping the future of personalized medicine.” - Shane Sturtevant
Ms. Cramer is a graduate of Union College who also holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. Ms. Cramer serves as the Senior Administrative Manager in the office of the Chief Scientific Officer in the Depression and Anxiety Division at McLean Hospital. In her role on the Mass General Brigham Biobank, Ms. Cramer is involved in patient recruitment, data management, and the collection of blood samples.
“I feel so proud to be a part of the Mass General Brigham Biobank team. Since its inception over a year ago at McLean Hospital, the Biobank continues to thrive with hospital unit expansion and therefore, more opportunities to approach a larger patient population. I love the patient interaction -seeing the excitement and hope in patients’ faces because they can potentially help future generations with improved, personalized medicine. This opportunity within the Mass General Brigham Biobank provides me with a sense of professional and personal fulfillment.” -Kim Kramer
Marina graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Colorado College, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Marina is responsible for Biobank patient recruitment, data management, and blood sample collection.
"The Partners Biobank is such an inspiring project, and I'm so proud to be a part of the team. By harnessing the power of genetic and medical data, the Biobank empowers medical researchers - and anyone who has ever sought medical care at Partners hospitals - to work toward a future where healthcare is increasingly precise and optimized for all people." - Marina Long
Lucie Duffy graduated from Grinnell College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. As a Clinical Research Assistant for the Partners Biobank at McLean, she is responsible for participant recruitment, data management, and blood sample collection.
"The Biobank not only helps advance research across every medical discipline, but it creates an amazing opportunity to increase public engagement with clinical and translational research. The future of personalized medicine relies on research that examines the effects of genes, lifestyle, and environment on human health. The Partners Biobank empowers patients to become active contributors to this research with a small donation of blood and time. As a Clinical Research Assistant I am excited to help facilitate this crucial collaboration between patients and researchers." -- Lucie Duffy