Institute of Biotechnology Liaison

Marla Coppolino

Marla Coppolino is the Director of Business Development and Outreach for the Institute of Biotechnology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she acts as a liaison for faculty and other researchers in the life sciences, connecting them to the Center for Advanced Technology program and its resources and entrepreneurial activities. Previously, she worked at Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization, where she marketed Cornell’s life science technologies to targeted companies for license agreements. Marla has a broad background in biology, having received her BS in Biological Sciences from University of Georgia and MS in Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has worn many hats in the worlds of biology and entrepreneurship. On the side, Marla is a freelance artist and a biological illustrator who creates accurate images of invertebrate animals for publications. Additionally, she is a Research Associate at two science institutions: Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY, and Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington, Delaware. Marla’s personal research interests include land snail species distributions, ecology, and conversation. In her spare time, Marla raises and trains Nigerian Dwarf goats and a donkey.