The UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource (BCR) serves as a cornerstone for biospecimen and biorepository information, education and facilitation of local banking efforts in an attempt to be consistent with best practices and standards. It will assist in the development and implementation of organizational shared infrastructure for fostering clinical and basic science research integration and enhancing stewardship of resources among established and future biorepositories.
The mission of the Biorepositories Core Resource is to advance the UC Davis research community’s impact by facilitating biorepository core services using an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaborative approach, thus leveraging organizational infrastructure and resources to create the most productive, cost-efficient biospecimen management systems possible for the University.
- Education, training and consultation on biospecimen and biobanking related policies and practices
- Infrastructure to allow future UC Davis participation in emerging biobanking networks and consortiums
- The ability of investigators to query a cross-catalog of UC Davis-banked samples from established biospecimen collections located throughout UC Davis (Virtual Biospecimen Database)
- Identify residual blood samples (remnants) from clinical collections such as blood draws, surgeries or procedures that would otherwise be discarded after clinical use
- Identification of study-specific cohorts for potential tissue and blood sample collections (surgery or clinical procedures)
Nick Anderson, Ph.D.
Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics
Director of Informatics Research
Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS)
UC Davis Health
Biomedical informatics expert, Nicholas R. Anderson, joined UC Davis Health as Director of Informatics Research. He also holds the Robert D. Cardiff Professorship in Informatics and is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He leads the UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource (BCR) which is building a strategy for developing, implementing and sustaining a distributed research infrastructure to facilitate resourceful biospecimen management at UC Davis.
As Director of Informatics Research, Anderson is developing his own program of research into the effective uses of biomedical data, information and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making. Because informatics is at the core of many transformative efforts in health care, Anderson's expertise and leadership will help build the institution's capacity to optimize information technology and further develop this important field throughout the organization.
Dr. Anderson was the Associate Director for Biomedical Informatics Core in the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington before joining UC Davis. He received his bachelor of science in computer science from Evergreen State College, a master of science in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health and Science University, and a doctoral degree in biomedical informatics from the University of Washington. He has a strong background as a principal investigator in funded biomedical informatics research.
Dr. Anderson seeks internal and external partnerships to build the research program, including interactions with the Center for Health and Technology, the Graduate Group in Health Informatics, the Information Technology Department, the Genomics Center, the Institute for Population Health Improvement, the Comprehensive Cancer Center and faculty scholars throughout UC Davis. He will also lead the biomedical informatics core at the Clinical and Translational Science Center.
Leslie J. Solis, MS, CCRP
Biobank Operations Specialist, Biorepositories Core Resource
Clinical and Translational Science Center
UC Davis Health
Ms. Solis is the Biobank Operations Specialist at the UC Davis Biorepository Core Resource. She has over 11 years of biobanking experience. As a Clinical Research Coordinator with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, she developed a biospecimen processing laboratory and biorepository that became the primary facility for handling, cataloging, and storing precious patient specimens for intensive Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. As an advanced user of Freezerworks, a specialized LIMS-style specimen tracking software, she has overseen the set-up, upgrades, and support for multiple Freezerworks user-groups. She has also worked extensively with other database software, designing and implementing databases in Microsoft Access and Oracle.
She received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her M.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed a certificate program in Database Management at American River College. Ms. Solis has been a SoCRA member since 2016, an ISBER member since 2010, and was an invited panel speaker at the 2016 Freezerworks User Education Conference.