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Biospecimen Extraction Facility

The Biospecimen Extraction Resource provides a centralized laboratory for standardized, high-quality DNA, RNA and protein extraction from blood, tissues, cells, or other patient-derived biospecimen. Additional services include DNA gel electrophoresis, Pico-green DNA quantitation, and whole blood processing for lymphocytes and plasma. Our facility is utilized by both lab-based investigators who want fast turn-around time for standardized and high-quality extractions or whole blood processing and non-lab based investigators (majority are clinicians) who are in great need of the service of sample processing. High quality of DNA/RNA products is the foundation of successful cancer research such as analysis of genetic alterations, gene expression profiling and next generation sequencing. We work very closely with the Sequencing and Microarray Facility (SMF) and the DNA/RNA samples extracted from us can be submitted directly from our core to SMF.

Getting Started

Contact Co-Director Chongjuan Wei, Ph.D., at 713-563-9473 (office) or 713-834-6173 (lab) for information about services, sample submission and chargebacks.


Details of the processing of samples prior to submission are available upon request.

Core Grant Citation

This facility is funded by NCI # P30 CA016672. Publications should cite the Core grant in the acknowledgment section if publications use sample processed and data generated in the Core facility. Two copies of the publication acknowledging the Core grant should also be submitted to the facility at 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1005, Houston, TX, 77030.

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