In Observance of U.S. Holiday, Memorial Day, Agilent Cross Lab/ iLab Operations Software Support Help Desk will be closed during U.S. hours on Monday May 30th, 2022. We will resume regular U.S. support hours on Tuesday May 31st, 2022. EU and APAC Support will remain open during this time. For urgent matters, please add "Urgent" to the ticket/ email subject or press "1", when prompted, to escalate a call on the iLab Support phone and we will prioritize those requests first.

Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF)

October 7, 2021 Update:

Laser Microdissection: The Arcturus XT Laser Capture Microdissection has been retired and this service has been discontinued.

Dry Ice: The BTRF is no longer offering dry ice service. Dry ice can now be obtained through Mol-Mart.

Whole Slide Scanning & Digital Pathology: High-resolution, bright field scanning with web-based access to images for viewing, sharing, and downloading is available through the BTRF. Requests for whole slide scanning and questions concerning digital pathology (scanning or image analysis) should be directed to Deepika Kotay / 982-0990. Deepika is located in MR6 RM G714

Cryostat: The cryostat is now located in MR6 RM G714 and is available for reservations. Rules for use during COVID restrictions are:

Reservations are limited to 2 hour blocks -- 1 block per lab, per day. iLab will automatically add 15 minutes buffer time before and after each reservation for disinfection (not billable time). Only one cyostat user will be allowed in the lab at a time, and users must bring all their own PPE. Personal protective equipment is mandatory when operating the equipment for all users, regardless of materials being cut:

  • disposable gloves
  • disposable surgical mask (no cloth)
  • lab coat or disposable cover gown

Users must disinfect the instrument after use as directed by BTRF staff.

Fee-for-service frozen sectioning is available in the Research Histology Core (animal tissue) and the BTRF (human tissue only).
NanoDrop: Users may have measurements performed by a BTRF staff member, subject to availability. Please contact Pat Pramoonjago to inquire.
Photomicroscopy: Shared use of this equipment has been suspended indefinitely. Whole slide scanning services are available as an alternative.

We apologize for disruptions to your research that this may cause and appreciate your patience during this challenging time. Updates for all core facilitiese will be posted on the Core Facilities COVID-19 status page at the link below:


Overview of Services

We are the major core facility at UVA involved in the procurement and processing of human tissue and other biospecimens for research purposes.

  The BTRF:

  • provides tissue samples from remnant surgical resection and autopsy specimens linked to clinicopathologic data while maintaining patient confidentiality.

  • assists clinical trials in the collection and processing of blood, urine and tissue samples.

  • assists in the retrieval of archival histologic slides and tissue samples from the Department of Pathology.

  • offers histology-based research services to support basic, translational and clinical research.


Craig Rumpel, M.S., Biorepository Manager


Pat Pramoonjago, Ph.D., Technical Director


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Please see this page on the BTRF website for operating hours and important information on processing cut off times.

Carter-Harrison Research Bldg (MR6)

RM G710

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Craig Rumpel, MS
Biorepository Manager
MR6 Rm B705A
Pat Pramoonjago, PhD
Technical Director
MR6 RM G710A