The UC Davis Pathology Biorepository provides high quality, well-characterized cancer-related human tissue specimens and biological materials to cancer researchers.

The following is helpful information for users, including equipment, help with sample submission requests and information regarding biohazard and inspection control.

  • Although the Biorepository attempts to avoid supplying specimens contaminated with highly infectious agents such as hepatitis, HTLV-III, etc., all specimens should be handled as if potentially infectious. The Biorepository accepts no responsibility for any injury (including death), damage or loss that may arise either directly or indirectly from their use.
  • The investigator assumes all risks and responsibility in connection with the receipt, handling, storage and use of specimens.
  • The investigator receiving these specimens also assumes full responsibility for informing and training all personnel in the dangers and procedures for safe handling of these and other human specimens.
  • Anyone who obtains specimens from the Biorepository should have adequate training in the use of blood borne pathogens, as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For more information, visit the blood-borne pathogens webpage at UC Davis Safety Services.
  • The investigator must agree to indemnify and hold harmless the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and UC Davis from any claims, costs, damages, or expenses resulting from any injury (including death), damage or loss that may arise from the use of specimens provided by the Biorepository.

Most of the tissue procurement is performed by Biorepository staff in the Frozen Section Room (FSR) of the Department of Pathology at UC Davis Medical Center. It is located just outside the operating rooms. The location is ideal for the rapid retrieval of tissue after surgical resection. Following evaluation by the surgical pathologist, Biorepository staff transport the specimens to the Biorepository office/lab which is located one floor down from the FSR, where the specimens are immediately processed and either flash frozen/frozen or dispersed fresh (in RPMI media) to researchers.

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  • In order to request specimens from the Biorepository resource, you must create a user profile and enter your billing information before a request can be submitted. For help setting up a user profile, please read the ACCOUNT USER GUIDE
  • Select “Service Request Form” from the menu at the left located under “Biorepository”. After submitting a request, a Biorepository staff member will contact you when your specimen(s) are ready for pickup.
  • For additional information, call the Biorepository at 916-734-3026.
  • Patient identity is confidential, so all specimens will be coded. The key to the codes will always remain with the Biorepository. No protected health information will be released to researchers.
  • The Biorepository does not supply samples to researchers solely for distribution to third parties; those researchers should apply to the Biorepository directly.
  • The recipient agrees to acknowledge the contributions of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in all publications resulting from the use of specimens obtained from the Biorepository. Recommended wording to use in the methods or acknowledgement sections is as follows: "Specimens were provided by the UC Davis Pathology Biorepository which is jointly funded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI P30CA093373) and the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine."