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

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Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF)

May 26, 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.

Dry ice service is available. Please call ahead to arrange pickup.

The BTRF is processing specimens from COVID-19 patients in our facility. This has required us to alter our lab configuration and continue tp restrict access to the facility in order to protect staff and visitors. Shared equipment (cryostat, LCM, photomicroscopy) will continue to be out of service until safety of users and BTRF staff can be addressed in accordance with recently released guidance from the SOM and EHS. Updates will be posted on this site.

Fee-for-service frozen sectioning is available in the Research Histology Core (animal tissue) and the BTRF (human tissue only).

Whole slide scanning with web-based access to images for viewing, sharing, and downloading is available through the BTRF.

We apologize for disruptions to your research that this may cause and appreciate your patience during this challenging time. Updates 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