Core Faculty and Staff

The Manton Center's Core Faculty currently conducts research that involves patients and scientific collaborators from The United States and 38 other nations around the globe. In Children's laboratories and clinics, the world's most talented and creative doctors and researchers combine their individual and collective expertise to pinpoint the genetic underpinnings of orphan diseases. These scientists are working to uncover exactly how disease processes work and how they can be interrupted or stopped.

Alan H. Beggs, PhD
Director, The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research



Pankaj Agarwal

Pankaj Agrawal, MD, MMSc
Medical Director, Gene Discovery Core




Catherine Brownstein


Catherine Brownstein, PhD
Scientific Director, Gene Discovery Core


  Klaus Schmitz-Abe, PhD
  Bioinformatician and Data Manager

graceGrace VanNoy, MS, CGC
Project Manager

Casie GenettiCasie Genetti, MS, CGC
Project Manager




Katie Dunn
Katie Dunn
Research Assistant




neehaNeeharika Nori
Research Assistant

Tina Truong

Research Assistant

Talia SchwartzTalia Schwartz
Research Assistant

Former GDC Members:

Meghan Towne, MS, CGC

Renee Pelletier

Morgan Danowski