Specimen & Data Repository

COVID-19 update: The Specimen & Data Repository is in minimal operations mode, with staff only coming to campus for critical functions (e.g., if an alarm goes off). Please direct any questions to Joe Menth, interim BLS Program Director, menth001@umn.edu.

The Specimen & Data Repository offers archival biospecimens and custodial freezer storage to researchers.

The Specimen & Data Repository is a secure 2,000 square-foot biospecimen storage facility equipped with automated liquid nitrogen, ultralow freezers, back-up power, environmental alarm systems, and continuous freezer temperature monitoring. All specimens are managed by BSI specimen tracking software

Services provided

  • ~70,000 archival tissues (frozen, FFPE) and biofluids (frozen) collected for research
  • Medical record linkage
  • Custodial freezer storage in liquid nitrogen and -80 °C

Location

The facility is located at 1200 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. 

Contact Us

Joe Menth, MHA
Interim Program Director, BLS
menth001@umn.edu

Tyler Colgan, BA
Biorepository Technician
colga007@umn.edu

For information about accessing archival diagnostic FFPE material, contact the Anatomic Pathology Research Coordinator (daug0024@umn.edu).