Tissue Procurement Core

C. Michael Knudson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology
Support Staff:
Joe Galbraith, Biospecimens Repository Specialist
Rita Sigmund, Biospecimen Repository Specialist
Core Facility Office:
380 MRC
Telephone: 319-384-4753


The Tissue Procurement Core (TPC) Facility is jointly supported the Carver College of Medicine and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal of the TPC is to make available human tissue and other biospecimens for current research studies and to store frozen human tumor and normal tissue for future research studies in support of the research programs at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The TPC provides research infrastructure in the form of a well-characterized bank of frozen and routinely processed neoplastic and normal tissues suitable for molecular genetic, biochemical and pathological studies. The Core also facilitates the use of Formalin Fixed, Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) tissue from UIHC archives or from the SEER repository.

Guidelines for Obtaining Tissue

Investigators who are interested in obtaining human tissue samples from the Facility should begin by contacting the TPC office at 319-384-4737 (Joe) or 319-384-4753 (Rita) to discuss your project and determine if the TPC can potentially meet the project tissue requirements. If the discussion concludes that the request is ready to advance to the stage of making a formal application, the investigator will be directed to the TPC web site to complete an online application. Completed applications will be forwarded for review to the Tissue Utilization Committee. The Committee will recommend approval or disapproval. Priority will be given to those studies that are supported by peer reviewed funding or foster collaborative work. You will also be required to sign an IRB approved usage agreement.

For further information about the Tissue Procurement Core and application forms please click here.

Other Related Cores

  • Iowa Residual Tissue Repository 
  • MERs (Molecular Epidemiology Resources)
  • University of Iowa Bioshare [webpage under development]