CRISMA Clinical Research Biospecimen Core Laboratory

 

The CRISMA Clinical Research and Biospecimen Core Laboratory (CRBC Lab) specializes in receiving, processing, biobanking, and distributing biospecimens. The CRBC Lab offers a range of additional services from assistance with initial experimental design, inventory monitoring, and biomarker testing utilizing various platforms. CRBC Lab technicians have extensive experience supporting multiple projects from multicenter NIH-funded clinical trials to pilot studies. 

  • Michael Muir, Lab Technician
  • Kelly Urbanek, Lab Manager

Design and Consultation

  • Assistance with experimental design
  • Budget development and provision of language required for grant proposals
  • Collaboration with other CRISMA Cores to develop robust consenting practices, data collection, and follow-up methods

Specimen Collection

  • Compilation and distribution of collection kits to internal and external sites
  • Receiving biospecimens from internal and external sites
  • Procurement of recently collected, unprocessed clinical samples from internal sites

Specimen Processing and Specimen Biobanking

  • Processing and aliquoting biospecimens
  • Labeling biospecimens for accurate record keeping
  • Biobanking biospecimens
  • Biospecimen lifecycle management
  • Biospecimen preparation and delivery to internal sites/shipment to external sites

Biomarker Testing and Secondary Sample Processing

  • Quantification of various analytes utilizing various platforms (Luminex, ELLA, ELISA, Nephrocheck)
  • DNA isolation and quantification

For more information about using the CRISMA CRBC Lab, contact klm179 [at] pitt.edu (Kelly Urbanek) or ali.smith [at] pitt.edu (Ali Smith-Scott).

 

 

Director


Octavia M. Peck-Palmer, PhD
412-578-9498