Welcome to the Human Tissue Resource Center

We are located at 5812 South Ellis Avenue, Rooms P524, P616 and P630

The mission of this CAP-accredited core facility is to provide investigators with a centralized infrastructure to optimize the efficiency and costs related to research involving biospecimens. The HTRC occupies 4000 square feet of remodeled space within Pathology and functions as an integrated unit. Thus, duplication of personnel, equipment, and information systems are avoided, and coordination of activities is assured.

The HTRC now comprises four integrated facilities: Biospecimen Bank (BSB), Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM), Digital Pathology and Histology (including immunohistochemistry).

Currently the HTRC provides services for the collection of clinically-annotated human tissues, DNA, PBMC, saliva, and other requested body fluids. In addition, the core also provides services for tissue microarray (TMA) construction as well as cryostats and digital imaging for investigators use. In this way, the HTRC provides a coordinated, centralized, and dedicated program for the procuring, processing, dispersing and assessing all types of biospecimens together with downstream histology services.

Acknowledgement of core facility contributions in publications is appreciated.

Cancer Center members should cite the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA014599) when publishing any work assisted by this core facility.


Please find our updated price list under the Fees tab. New prices begin today, July 1, 2014.


Effective IMMEDIATELY, all processing, slide, and IHC requests must be submitted on our revised forms. We will no longer accept copies. We strongly suggest you print our forms directly from our website on the "Forms/Manuals" page as needed to ensure you are using the most current form as there may be future changes made to them. This is required by CAP and as a result, our Director has informed us that if the incorrect form is used, you will be notified and will need to resubmit your request on the correct form.

We have a new online scheduler!!

We have a new scheduling system as of 4/25/2014. To access to the new site, please go to the "Scheduler" tab at the top of the page and login with your original login information. You DO NOT need to create a new login.

If you are unable to sign up for equipment, please notify us immediately at htrcadmin@bsd.uchicago.edu. Remember, you MUST have a reservation to use the equipment.

You may wish to enable email alerts. You can do this by going to My account, notification preferences, and turn on whatever email notifications you want to receive.
Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.

We have a new LCM system from Leica, LMD 6500.
Please check the LCM services page for more information.