Philip Perlman's other responsibilities include managing HHMI's Collaborative Innovation Award program and serving as liaison for stem cell research by HHMI investigators. In addition, Perlman is liaison for interactions with the Jackson Laboratory, including managing the mouse cryopreservation program. He also oversees operations at host institutions, including collaborative agreements, occupancy or infrastructure payments, and space inventory and renovations.

Perlman earned a BA in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in biochemistry from Indiana University. He joined HHMI in 2004 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he was associate dean of the graduate school and professor of molecular biology.

His research focused on the molecular genetics of yeast mitochondria with an emphasis on self-splicing introns, intron-encoded proteins, intron transposons, and mtDNA organization and recombination.