Sue Penno, Ph.D.
Sue Penno, Ph.D., is a biorepository specialist who led the design, development and implementation of the pediatric biorepository at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in 2013. She also led the facility through successful accreditation by the College of American Pathologists.
The pediatric biorepository plays a key role in research endeavors, including a three-year $717,000 National Cancer Institute grant to develop innovative techniques for using saliva samples to screen for chemotherapy drug levels and their overall use in biorepository science.
Dr. Penno's background is in tumor cell metastasis, and for 25 years she led the Biorepository and Cell Center at Johns Hopkins Genetic Resources Core Facility, which serves as a repository and worldwide shipping center for hundreds of cell lines that are invaluable to researchers worldwide.
In 1992, Dr. Penno established The BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. that provides technical training and job placement for highly motivated high school graduates in Baltimore city. The tuition-free program derives its funds from public and private grants and its professional workshops.
During a 2008 sabbatical, Dr. Penno helped to establish the TB Research Laboratory at Macha, a P2/P3 bio-containment research laboratory in Zambia, Africa. Since 2011, she has been a consulting member of National Institutes of Health "Human Heredity and Health in Africa" initiative, which aims to facilitate the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations.
Dr. Penno retired in March 2016 after 33 years with Johns Hopkins University, where she was an associate professor of medicine. She continues to share her expertise with the biorepository team as a consultant.