CTSI Biorepository: Collection, Processing, Storage and Distribution of Biospecimens

CTSI Biorepository freezer system

The CTSI Biorepository collects biospecimens that can be used for research purposes by any investigator with IRB-approved protocols. It also provides storage services for biospecimens collected by investigators. The UF CRC Processing Laboratory assists with DNA extraction, and the UF Molecular Pathology Core provides histology and immunopathology services on remnant retrospective and prospective tissue samples.

The CTSI Biorepository 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). In the fall of 2012, the CTSI Biorepository became one of the first 12 biorepositories in the country to receive CAP accreditation.


  • Biospecimen collection, processing and storage. Stored biospecimens can be used by any researcher with IRB-approved protocols.
  • Prospective biospecimen collection to fulfill investigator needs for IRB-approved protocols.
  • Storage for biospecimens collected by investigators. Stored biospecimens belong solely to the investigator.
  • Oversight of the release of biospecimens from the UF Department of Pathology for other IRB-approved research protocols.
  • Pathology services including those provided by the Molecular Pathology Core and confirmation of diagnosis by a board-certified pathologist upon request.

Location & Contact

The CTSI Biorepository is co-located with the CTSI’s Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Core on the sixth floor of the Medical Sciences Building, Room M641.

For questions or to arrange a tour, contact Erin Kelly (erin.l.kelly@ufl.edu, 352-273-6138) or Amer Abouhamze (amer@ufl.edu, 352-273-9498).

For additional details and service request forms, visit biorepository.pathology.ufl.edu.

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