Melissa VonDran, PhD

Senior Vice President, Operations & Director, Biorepository

Dr. VonDran joined NDRI in 2015 and is responsible for strategy development as well as day-to-day operations of the four functional components of NDRI’s Operations department: Fulfillment, Scientific Services, Tissue Source Site Management, and Logistic Management. She oversees NDRI’s College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited biorepository, which maintains an inventory of rare disease, HIV+, and other biospecimens. She is also the co-Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects: Somatic Mosaicism across Human Tissues (SMaHT, U24) and Developmental Genotype-Tissue Expression (dGTEx, U24).

Prior to her current role, Dr. VonDran served as the Director of Scientific Services at NDRI, where she managed the recruitment of new researchers and assessed the feasibility of all researcher tissue requests. Dr. VonDran also has over 10 years of experience as an academic research investigator.

Dr. VonDran earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience and cell biology from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.