UI Health Biorepository

Welcome to the UI Health Biorepository (BIOR). It is co-managed by the UIC Department of Pathology and the Research Resources Center. The mission of the Biorepository is to develop and promote a collection of biospecimens as a research tool to advance clinical and translational research at UIC and improve public health.

The biorepository acquires, stores, catalogs, processes, analyzes, and provides tissue or other biological samples for investigators at UIC. It was established in 2012 as a resource in the UI Health system in collaboration with the RRC to augment clinical and translational research and improve the treatment and health of individuals from Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. The facility manages a centralized, secure, and 24/7-monitored freezer farm for biological storage, a centralized lab facility for processing and analysis, and the acquisition of biospecimens through PI-initiated studies. Any biospecimens remaining after analysis from PI-initiated studies can then be used for any unspecified future use if approved by a research oversight board. An Honest Broker is on staff to help with control and access to patient information.

UI Health Biorepository Organizational Chart