Leslie Solis, M.S., C.C.R.P.

Associate Director, UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource

My research passion lies in working with researchers across UC Davis to develop biospecimen procurement, processing, storage, and informatics solutions that optimize the scientific value of their collections. My work is centered in the belief that a valuable specimen is one that is paired with relevant and accurate information.

I have over 15 years of biobanking experience working with diverse human, animal, and environmental collections. My background in research is varied, from agricultural research to basic science to oncology clinical trials. The common theme of my research career has been the development of sound, organized, and annotated specimen collections for research. As a clinical research coordinator with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, I developed a biospecimen processing laboratory and biorepository that became the primary facility for handling, cataloging, and storing precious patient specimens for intensive Phase 0, Phase I, and Phase II clinical trials.

I serve as the system administrator and primary contact for the CTSC with the Freezerworks® LIMS software. In this role with the Biorepositories Core Resource, I have worked with over 30 research labs, assessing their laboratory and business needs, and developing a customized approach for adopting Freezerworks specifically to their research. I embrace new technologies and am always excited to learn new ways of integrating and expanding datasets to enhance usability.

I have a Master of Genetics from the University of California, Davis, and a strong background in informatics and database management. When not behind the computer, I enjoy hiking – both Urban and Wilderness. I find that the most interesting views can often be found by looking from a new perspective or a different path.