The Central Biobank Laboratory team offer tissue processing services to both University researchers and external users, from tissue collection, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining, right through to a digital slide scanning facility, where high quality images of the samples are made available to researchers via a website, meaning they are available for review by pathologists at remote locations. Blood processing services are also available, where serum, plasma, cellular components or nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) are derived from patient blood samples for downstream use in research.
As well as storage facilities, consisting mainly of large, well-maintained, ultra-cold freezers, and processing services, the Biobank also offers a multi-user laboratory space, functioning as a satellite to the main Node Proximity Laboratory, where researchers and students can learn modern histopathology techniques relevant to the molecular pathology remit of the Node. Our enthusiastic Biobank Technicians teach basic techniques and more complex immunostaining procedures, and are on hand to assist with experimental planning, optimization of procedures and scientific advice. Our smart, well-appointed laboratory space readily lends itself to small group teaching and demonstrating, and also provides quality accommodation for students and visiting researchers undertaking projects in molecular pathology.