NCRAD Staff (left to right): Kelly Horner, Danielle Smith, Kelley Faber, and Dr. Tatiana Foroud.
Dr. Tatiana Foroud, Ph.D. is the principal investigator for the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD) study. She works closely with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ensure that the specific aims and goals of the NCRAD project are met. She is responsible for the oversight of the NCRAD study from the participation of families all the way to the use of samples by researchers throughout the United States. Dr. Foroud is the P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and the Director of the Division of Hereditary Genomics at Indiana University.
Kelley Faber, M.S., CCRC, has been with NCRAD since June 2006 and serves as the research manager for the repository. Kelley monitors clinical data and biological specimens for all Alzheimer’s Disease studies banked in the repository. She also works closely with the investigators requesting samples for their research.
Danielle Smith, CCRP, has been with NCRAD since August 2008 and with the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics since 2005. Danielle serves as a research coordinator and her roles include annual chart reviews, following up with families, and collecting medical history data from subjects. In addition, she works to verify existing family data.
Kelly Horner has been with NCRAD since 2002 and with the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics since 1990. Kelly serves as a research coordinator for the repository and her roles include autopsy planning, cognitive testing, and maintaining contact with NCRAD participants. She also performs annual chart reviews and organizes the newsletter.
NCRAD Laboratory Staff: Chris Davis, Lisa Beach, Katharina Sullen, Sarah Pardue, Elizabeth Ayres, Dr. Stephen Dlouhy, Colleen Mitchell
Dr. Stephen Dlouhy, Ph.D. is the laboratory director for NCRAD. He is responsible for oversight of laboratory functions, including establishment and implementation of sample processing and distribution protocols. He is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and also serves as the technical advisor for Indiana CTSI Sample Storage Facility and as associate director of the Molecular Genetics Services diagnostic laboratory.
Colleen Mitchell, M.T. has been with NCRAD since February 2009 and serves as the Operations Manager for the laboratory facility. Colleen monitors the receipt, storage and distribution of the samples. She works as a liaison with the coordinators for upcoming projects and communicates this information to the laboratory staff.
Lisa Beach has been with the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics department since 2006. Her responsibilities include cell culture, DNA extractions and preparing DNA requests from researchers. Lisa is also currently enrolled in the Indiana University Forensic & Investigative Sciences graduate program and hopes to obtain her Master's degree by the end of 2011.
Katharina Sullen has been with NCRAD since 1990. Her main responsibilities include transformation and cryopreservation of lymphocytes, extraction and storage of DNA, shipments of cell line and DNA requests, general maintenance of the laboratory, and ordering supplies.
Sarah Pardue has been with NCRAD since February 2010 and serves as a laboratory technician for the various molecular and cell biology tasks associated with incoming samples, long-term sample storage, and outgoing DNA plates for research.
Christopher Davis joined NCARD in February of 2010 as a laboratory technician. He performs DNA extractions, cell cultures and specimen tracking and receiving.
Elizabeth Ayres joined NCRAD in August of 2010 and serves as a laboratory technician. She performs cell transformation, cell feeding and DNA extraction. She is also learning the Biomek 3000 robot for DNA plating.