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Dear Colleagues,

The UI Health Tissue Biorepository, co-managed by the College of Medicine Department of Pathology and the Research Resources Center (RRC) housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, is undergoing a transition in leadership and administrative restructuring.  Dr. Carlos Murga-Zamalloa, Assistant Professor of Pathology, will take on the role of faculty advisor, while Dr. Maria Sverdlov will become director of the Tissue Biorepository in addition to her current role as director of the Research Histology Core effective immediately.  Dr. Donald Vander Griend,  Associate Professor of Pathology, will join the Faculty Advisory Committee as well.  Dr. Murga-Zamalloa and Dr. Sverdlov are building new workflows and notification processes to reduce wait times for project requests and ensure a seamless experience for users.  For that reason, it is necessary during this set up period to pause taking on any new research protocols.  In the coming weeks, an iLab UIC Biorepository site will be updated with new forms for submitting new project requests. All new requests will be accepted via iLab only.

Currently approved projects will remain active. To coordinate the procurement of specimens, please contact Barbara Russell (

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we are committed to improving services throughout the Tissue Biorepository quickly and effectively. For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Carlos Murga-Zamalloa;

Maria Sverdlov;


Thank you,

Joanna L. Groden, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research

Sally Campbell-Lee, MD
Interim Head, Department of Pathology

The UI Health Biorepository offers biological sample storage as its main service. In addition, Biorepository can also:

  • Process whole blood for DNA and RNA extraction
  • Isolate plasma, serum, or PBMCs from whole blood
  • Store blood, urine, semen, and tissue samples at low-temperature storage units
  • Create project databases for future usage