UVA Researchers: please visit to view Core operation updates with the evolving COVID situation.

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Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF)

June 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

The BTRF is currently accepting clinical trial and research specimens for processing. Due to mandatory staff furloughs, clinical trial specimens with patient benefit will be given highest priority, and processing of other specimens may be delayed.

Research and clinical trial specimen pickup and dropoff will continue to utilize drop boxes in the hallway outside RMG712. We are not able to offer specimen pickup from clinic areas at this time.

No walk-in users for Dry Ice. Due to COIVD-19 restrictions, users cannot enter the lab to fill their own containers. Because of furloughs, we have limited staff, so users are required to make an appointment in advance and bring thier container to the lab door for a BTRF staff member to fill. Please call or e-mail to arrange a time. Must have a valid PTAO.

The BTRF has received approval from Administration to re-open the cryostat for use. Reservations are limited to 2 hour blocks to permit sanitation between users -- 1 block per lab, per day. Other shared equipment must remain offline at this time.

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