Central Biorepository (CBR)

Provides access to and storage of high-quality, highly annotated human biospecimens. Custom kit production and biospecimen chain of custody from clinic-CBR-end user.


Victoria Blanc, PhD


NCRC Building 60 (Rm 1661)
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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, Regulatory Compliance (Human subjects),

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

  • Long-term sample storage and management

  • PicoGreen quantification of genomic DNA

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


  • Barcode Scanners
  • Brady IP Printer i5100
    Brady, Core Use Only
  • Bulk Liquid Nitrogen Delivery System
    Custom, Core Use Only
  • Cassette Printer Signature
    Primera, Core Use Only
  • Chemagic Prime 4 robot
    PerkinElmer, Core Use Only
  • Countess Automated Cell Counter 3
    Invitrogen, Core Use Only
  • Cytation Imager 3
    BioTek, Core Use Only
  • FlashGel System
    Lonza, Core Use Only
  • Liquid Nitrogen Cryofreezers MVE TEC 3000
    Chart, Core Use Only
  • QIAsymphony nucleic acid extraction robots SP
    Qiagen, Core Use Only
  • TapeStation 4200
    Aglient, Core Use Only
  • TECAN Liquid Handling Robots Freedom EVO
    TECAN, Core Use Only
  • Temperature Data Logger 4
    MadgeTech, Core Use Only
  • Thermometers
    Traceable, Core Use Only
  • Ultra-low Temp Freezer MDF-DU702VH
    PHC, Core Use Only