Translational Research Technology (TRT) Division

Translational Research Technology Division (TRT)

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Request ACTRI Services


The Translational Research Technology Division (TRT) provides a one-stop shop of flexible laboratory-based services for translational studies to members of the ACTRI and external collaborators. We support a broad range of clinical and translational research projects by providing Biorepository, Sample Acquisition, and Laboratory (bio-analytical, and assay development) services. Services may be recharged or paid through a purchase order.

Accessing TRT Cores, Services, and Consultation

Requests for services should be routed through the "Request ACTRI Services" button above. If investigators cannot locate a particular resource or service, they are encouraged to contact us (at so we can explore ways to meet their needs.

TRT Advisory Committee

The TRT Advisory Committee oversees all aspects of the Division's ongoing and planned activities. The Committee includes Co-Chairs Paul J. Mills and David Boyle, and member Elizabeth Komives (see below for contact information). The Committee explores new research directions, and determines potential new services that could facilitate such research.

TRT External Advisory Committee

The TRT External Advisory Committee independently evaluates and guides the directions and activities of the TRT, providing external expertise in the domains of basic, applied, clinical and translational research. Committee members include Chris Benedict, PhD; Mary Corr, MD; Scott Matthews, MD; Simon Schenk, PhD; Mark Wallace, MD; and Howard Taras, MD.

David Boyle
Co-Director of Translational Research Technology
Department of Medicine
Phone: (858) 822-0784
Paul Mills, PhD
Co-Director of Translational Research Technology
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
Phone: (858) 822-1828
Elizabeth Komives, PhD
Professor, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Phone: (858) 534-3058
Josh Hillman
Staff Research Associate
Phone: (858) 246-2448

Service requests must come through the ACTRI website request form in order to receive the approved recharge rates. Contact David Boyle for questions.

ACTRI—TRT UnitUC UsersNon-UC Users
Storage Contact Josh Hillman for Additional Questions
Freezer Box2-inch boxmonthly$20 $29
Freezer Box3-inch boxmonthly$42 $61
Freezer Rack monthly$120 $174
Liquid Nitrogen Rack monthly$80 $116
Storage Retrieval per access$47 $69
AssaysContact Josh Hillman for Additional Questions
DNA Extraction Blood/Cells per sample$12 $18
DNA Extraction Tissue per sample$13 $19
RNA Extraction Blood per sample$6 $9
RNA Extraction Cells per sample$4 $6
RNA Extraction Tissue per sample$4 $6
Picogreen per test$5 $8
Ribogreen (RNA) per test$5 $8
1-plex per test$15 $22
2-plex per test$21 $31
3-plex per test$23 $34
4-plex per test$25 $37
5-plex per test$30 $44
6-plex per test$33 $48
7-plex per test$37 $54
8-plex per test$41 $60
9-plex per test$46 $67
10-plex per test$50 $73
PCR—Qpcr—Tissue per test$7 $11
PCR—Qpcr—Blood per test$6 $9
PCR—Qpcr—Cells per test$6 $9
FC and BC HourlyUsage of the FC or BC machine with tech timehourly$35 $51
SRA ConsultSRA Tech Time in addition to testshourly$61 $89
Sr Faculty Consult hourly$140 $203