Melissa VonDran, PhD
Dr. VonDran, is the Vice President Operations & Director, Biorepository at the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that provides human biospecimens to scientists in academic, corporate and independent research organizations to advance biomedical/bioscience research and development worldwide. Dr. VonDran is responsible for strategy development as well as management of NDRI’s Operations department, including its College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited Biorepository.
Dr. VonDran earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience and cell biology from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her work focused on evaluating neurotophins and their receptors as potential targets for therapies for neurodegenerative diseases using animal models, resulting in several published articles. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. VonDran draws upon her own 10-year+ experience as an academic research scientist to translate the research community’s needs into new research programs for NDRI.