Core Facilities

UMMC Biobank

The UMMC Biobank, the tissue bank core for the UMMC Cancer Institute, supports translational and clinical research.

The biobank has dedicated biorepository specialists who consent patients and process specimens. Our consent allows access to historical and future clinical data through the electronic health record (EHR) to facilitate in-depth translational research.

The biobank provides researchers with biological cancer specimens. Samples are collected, processed and distributed in strict accordance with protocols reviewed and approved by the UMMC Institutional Review Board. Assuring absolute privacy and uncompromised medical care for our tissue donors is our highest priority.

Samples collected include whole blood, serum, plasma, white blood cells, tumor and normal tissue, handled according to the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Best Practices.


  • -80 freezers
  • -20 freezers
  • 4 C refrigerators
  • Automated liquid handler
  • BSL II safety cabinet
  • Cold and ambient temperature centrifuges
  • Cryostats
  • Temperature management system

Calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment is performed regularly

External collaboration

We welcome external collaborations.

For more information

  • Jesus Monico, MPH, Director of Operations
    (601) 815-8966

Learn more about our biobank.