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Christopher Calabrese, PhD

Christopher Calabrese, PhD

  • Vice President, Laboratory Research Operations


BS - University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
PhD - University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Chris Calabrese, PhD, serves as vice president of Laboratory Research Operations in the Office of the Scientific Director, where he helps drive the future of discovery at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

In this role, Dr. Calabrese ensures St. Jude scientists have the tools, resources and support to push boundaries in exploration and innovation. He oversees the following shared resources: Cell and Tissue Imaging, Center for In Vivo Imaging and Therapeutics, Hartwell Center, Veterinary Pathology, Protein Production, Proteomics and Metabolomics, Center for Applied Bioinformatics, Center for Bioimage Informatics, and Preclinical Pharmacokinetics. He is also responsible for lab-based research functions, current and future building projects related to research, and serving as a liaison to the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Calabrese joined St. Jude in 2001 as a postdoctoral research associate in Developmental Neurobiology. He became a staff scientist in 2005. A year later, Dr. Calabrese was promoted to director of the new Small Animal Imaging Core, a position he held until 2014, when he became administrative director of Laboratory Operations in the Office of Scientific Director.

During the past few years, Dr. Calabrese has played a leading role in the construction of the Shared Resource Center, a $13.4 million facility that consolidates institutional support cores with related themes and technologies into a single location. He has also been integral to the design and construction of a new advanced research center, which will open on the St. Jude campus in spring 2021. The more than 625,000-square-foot facility is designed to spur collaboration across disciplines. In August 2020, Dr. Calabrese was promoted to vice president of Laboratory Research Operations.