Research BioBank


UCSD COVID-19 Research Biobank Sample Request

Request ACTRI Services

We provide full-service biobanking to CTRI and affiliated institutions. We encourage all forms of collaboration. For more information, please email When you are ready to proceed, fill out this form or go to the bottom of this page. 


The following are some options for working with the ACTRI and its Affiliated Biorepositories (based on IRB-approved protocols):

  1. ACTRI biosamples (such as non-disease cohorts) and protocol
    1. ACTRI provides existing clinical material from the repository
    2. ACTRI prospectively collects and provides liquid or tissue clinical material for investigators
  2. Investigator’s IRB protocol
    1. ACTRI collects samples for investigator and gives them to the PI for storage
    2. ACTRI collects samples for investigator and stores samples for the PI
    3. The investigator collects the samples and the ACTRI stores them
  3. ACTRI Affiliated Biorepository protocol
    1. ACTRI facilitates connecting the investigator with the manager of an Affiliated Biorepository (e.g., Arthritis Biorepository)
    2. ACTRI can manage the Affiliated Biorepository and release the material under the PI's direction


In addition to collection and storage, we can:

  1. Process tissue and fluids, including DNA and RNA preparation, viable cells, frozen cells
  2. Ship and receive clinical materials
  3. Provide clinical informatics support, including Velos
  4. Provide pathology services
  5. Provide biomarker assay services (such as Mesoscale, ELISA, and qPCR)

Some support is provided without cost (e.g., informatics support). Other ACTRI services are available on a recharge basis; please inquire at CTRI Service Request Form or Translational Research Technology (TRT) Division.


  • Secure storage of biospecimens in late model, remotely monitored mechanical and liquid nitrogen freezers
  • Coordination of collection and processing of biospecimens from the clinic to the ACTRI Biorepository or a hosted one
  • Complete inventory control utilizing modern LIMS software
  • Bar-coding
  • Emergency response
  • Real-time reports on freezer temperatures
  • Regulated access to all archived material
  • Several software systems are available for managing the repository databases

Affiliated Biorepositories


University of California, San Diego
Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute
9452 Medical Center Drive, Room L2E 330
La Jolla, CA 92037