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The CCTS Biorepository facilities offer biobanking/biorepository consultations and services for UAB investigators.  Due to the varied nature of biobanking and Biorepository needs, we encourage investigators to contact us to discuss your needs.  Our facility can offer a full spectrum of liquid biobanking services ranging from specimen intake, cataloging, storing and retrieval. 

We also offer access to fresh blood and banked specimens (plasma, serum, DNA) from healthy individuals.  All services are performed in compliance with Best Practices of ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories) and the staff has completed GCP and IRB training.  

We are available to work with investigators across campus, and offer convenient bedside-to-bench research services for those using the Clinical Research Unit and the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit.  Blood specimens may also be easily transported to our facility through the UAB Health System tubing system.

Access Services

We encourage Investigators with an interest in biobanking to contact us to discuss your specific needs.  

Maitlyn Mullen 205-934-7967 / maitlynmullen@uabmc.edu
Jeffrey C Edberg, PhD  205-934-0894 / jedberg@uab.edu


Due to the variable nature of biobanking and Biorepository needs, please contact us (see above) for cost estimates.  


The UAB CCTS Biorepository collects biospecimens from healthy individuals that can be used for research purposes by UAB investigators with IRB-approved protocols.  We also provide storage services for biospecimens collected by investigators. The CCTS Specimen Processing Core Laboratory can assist with routine handling and aliquoting of blood/urine specimens, DNA extraction or PBMC isolation and cryopreservation. 

For more than 10 years, the UAB CCTS Biorepository has developed and follows strict Standard Operating Procedures that are based on the current best practice guidelines set forth by the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). 

Services and facilities include:
  • Collection of blood from healthy individuals with appropriate IRB approval
  • Access to banked plasma, serum or DNA from healthy individuals with appropriate IRB approval
Biobanking Services:
  • Biospecimen processing and storage
  • With the CCTS Clinical Research unit, prospective biospecimen collection to fulfill investigator needs for IRB-approved protocols
  • Storage for biospecimens collected by investigators. Stored biospecimens belong solely to the investigator and can only be released with PI approval.
  • Inventory of specimens maintained in the OnCore Enterprise Research Biospecimen Management module.  This system is HIPAA compliant and can link specimens to patient MRN when appropriate and with proper IRB approval.
  • Bank of 7x -80oC inventoried freezers that are monitored for proper temperature and under maintenance contracts
  • Bank of 6x cryogenic freezers that are monitored for proper temperature and LN2 levels.  Each freezer is supplied with LN2 by dedicated LN2 source tanks that are replaced weekly.
  • Bar code label printers
  • Assistance with sub-aliquoting and disposition of specimens for release upon request by the study PI.
  • Studies requiring assistance with tissues/solid specimens are encouraged to contact the UAB Tissue Procurement Shared Facility (http://www.uab.edu/medicine/tcbf/)

Location & Contact

The UAB CCTS Biorepository is located in the Shelby Biomedical Research Building, Room 230 (1825 University Boulevard)
For questions, please contact Maitlyn Mullen (maitlynmullen@uabmc.edu , 205-934-7967) or Jeffrey C. Edberg, PhD (jedberg@uab.edu , 205-934-0894)


UAB CCTS Research Commons:  http://www.uab.edu/ccts/researchcommons

ISBER:  http://www.isber.org

OnCore Enterprise Research Biospecimen Management:  http://forteresearch.com/enterprise-research-oncore/biospecimen-management/