UI Biorepository

The UI Biorepository acquires, stores, catalogues, and provides tissue and other biological samples for investigators at the University of Illinois. It was established in 2012 as a resource in the UI Hospital and Health Sciences System to augment clinical and translational research at UIC and improve the treatment and health of individuals.

Clinical-translational researchers may utilize this resource as a single facility for biospecimen preparation with a centralized freezer farm. They may also benefit from the ability to acquire biospecimens through PI-initiated protocols, the UIHHS “opt-in” program, or access to biosamples for unspecified future use.

Biorepository services include:

Whole blood processing

  • iPrep genomic DNA isolation
  • RNA isolation
  • PBMC isolation
  • Serum separation
  • Buffy coat isolation
  • Whole blood freezing


  • Collection and preparation of fresh tissue
  • Tissue sampling
  • Tissue processing

The UI Biorepository is a collaborative effort between UI Health, the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Research Resource Center and the UI Cancer Center. The CCTS provides support for the Biorepository through collaboration with its Biomedical Informatics Core and the Clinical Research Data Warehouse.

Contact Information

Bernie Santarsiero, Associate Director 
Phone : 312-413-0339

Klara Valyi-Nagy, Associate Director
Phone : 312-996-0029 
Email : UIBiorep@uic.edu