About Us

Lerner Research Institute is home to laboratory-based, translational and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic, a top hospital in the nation. As part of an international hospital system, our scientists have unrivaled access to diverse patient samples, data and opportunities to collaborate with physicians to answer the most pressing clinical questions with research.

Since Cleveland Clinic’s founding in 1921, research, innovation and education have been integral parts of the hospital’s mission. The founders believed it was not only important to treat patients, but also to investigate the causes of disease.

100 years later, Lerner Research Institute is at the forefront of discovery. Matching Cleveland Clinic’s clinical strengths, our scientists investigate novel biological pathways, markers of disease and develop new medical devices, diagnostics and therapies related to cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, brain and eye diseases, diseases of the immune system and emerging pathogens.

As the field of biomedical research has evolved, so has research at Cleveland Clinic.

We are growing with and for the future of medicine, in part by expanding our programs related to data sciences, genomics, population health and precision medicine. With our state-of-the-art resources and facilities—including our new biorepository for patient samples; Center for Therapeutics Discovery, which operates like an in-house pharmaceutical company and is one of the largest drug discovery initiatives in Northeast Ohio; and soon-to-be first private sector, on-premises IBM Quantum computer—we are accelerating understanding of human health and healthcare solutions across the lifespan.

In addition to conducting leading-edge research, Lerner Research Institute is also committed to training the next generation of young scientists, offering joint programs with nearby universities, our own Molecular Medicine PhD program and a robust postdoctoral program.

By conducting leading-edge research, bringing patient-centered solutions to market and educating future researchers and physicians, we are working to improve the lives of patients today and in the future, locally and globally.

200

Labs

1500+

Employees

370

Trainees

$312M

Research Funding
(2020)

Our Leadership

Serpil C. Erzurum, MD

Serpil C. Erzurum, MD

Chief Research & Academic Officer
Chair, Lerner Research Institute

Thomas A. Hamilton, PhD

Thomas A. Hamilton, PhD

Director, Strategic Research Growth

Donna M.  Driscoll, PhD

Donna M. Driscoll, PhD

Vice Chair, Lerner Research Institute
Director, Faculty Center

Christine Moravec, PhD

Christine Moravec, PhD

Director, Research Education and Training Center

Charlotte Bhasin, MOT, OTR/L

Charlotte Bhasin, MOT, OTR/L

Executive Director, Chief Research & Academic Office

James D. Ellis, JD, MBA

James D. Ellis, JD, MBA

Executive Director, Strategic Alliances and Technology Development

Heather Huston Barkley, MBA

Heather Huston Barkley, MBA

Executive Director of Development

Gail Lannum, MT

Gail Lannum, MT

Executive Director, Exploratory Biomedical Sciences

Our Leadership

Serpil C. Erzurum, MD
Thomas A. Hamilton, PhD
Donna M.  Driscoll, PhD

Serpil C. Erzurum, MD

Chief Research & Academic Officer
Chair, Lerner Research Institute

Thomas A. Hamilton, PhD

Director, Strategic Research Growth

Donna M. Driscoll, PhD

Vice Chair, Lerner Research Institute
Director, Faculty Center

Christine Moravec, PhD
Charlotte Bhasin, MOT, OTR/L
James D. Ellis, JD, MBA

Christine Moravec, PhD

Director, Research Education and Training Center

Charlotte Bhasin, MOT, OTR/L

Executive Director, Chief Research & Academic Office

James D. Ellis, JD, MBA

Executive Director, Strategic Alliances and Technology Development

Heather Huston Barkley, MBA
Gail Lannum, MT
Shannon Barnes, MS

Heather Huston Barkley, MBA

Executive Director of Development

Gail Lannum, MT

Executive Director, Exploratory Biomedical Sciences

Shannon Barnes, MS

Senior Communications Director