Central Biorepository (CBR)

provides access and storage of high-quality, highly annotated human biospecimens.


Victoria Blanc, PhD


NCRC Building 60 (Rm 1660)
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Medical School

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers and External Researchers

Core Summary

The Central Biorepository (CBR), a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated human biospecimens donated for basic, clinical and translational research.

Service Categories: Histology, Pathology and Tissue


Biorepository Services
Consulting, Long-term sample storage and management (Cryovials/Frozen tissue in OCT/FFPE blocks/Stained glass slides), Regulatory Compliance (Human subjects),

Biospecimen Processing
Aliquot production, DNA extraction (Whole blood/Buffy coat/PAXgene tubes/Oragene saliva kits), PBMC Isolation, PicoGreen quantification of genomic DNA, RNA extraction (PAXgene tubes), Whole blood fractionation (serum or plasma),

Long-term sample storage and management

PicoGreen quantification of genomic DNA

Regulatory Compliance (Human subjects)

Sample Logistics
Sample collection kit production, Sample packaging and distribution,


Agilent Technologies 4200 TapeStation

Barcode scanners

BioTek Cytation 3 Imaging Reader

Brady label printers

Bulk liquid nitrogen delivery system

Chart LN2 MVE Cryofreezers

Lonza FlashGel System

Primera Cassette printer

Qiagen QIAsymphony nucleic acid extraction robots

Qiagen Tissue Lyser II

TECAN Freedon Evo liquid handler

Temperature monitoring and alarm system

Ultracold freezers