The Johns Hopkins Biological Repository (JHBR) Service Center is able to provide Johns Hopkins University investigators with a variety of laboratory and repository services for conducting large or small scale epigenetic, natural history, clinical trial, prospective and case-control studies.
The JHBR Service Center provides, on a fee-for-service basis, a wide range of services including, but not limited to, phlebotomy, blood and other body fluid collection, specimen fractionation and processing, testing, storage, as well as DNA and RNA isolation.
Established in 1984, JHBR consists of 1,500 square feet of biosafety level 2 laboratories on the 6th floor of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), as well as 6,000 square feet in an off site facility (3 miles from JHSPH) to house 60 liquid nitrogen vapor phase cryogenic units. These units recently replaced biological specimen storage in -80 degree C and -150 degree C mechanical freezers as part of JHSPH’s “Greening the Lab” initiative. JHBR manages more than two million biological specimens using a robust specimen management system, FreezerworksTM, for freezer inventory, specimen labeling and tracking for the large repository. Additionally, JHBR is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) to perform HIV-1 viral load RT-PCR, HCV and HBV serological tests, and maintains participation in proficiency programs through College of American Pathology (CAP), American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), and Virology Quality Assurance Program (VQA) for all expert testing services. Currently, a fully automated platform for DNA and RNA isolation and quantification system is now in place to support the growing number of epigenetic studies.
More than 40 studies are currently using JHBR services. Biological specimen deliveries are accepted 6 days per week, excluding University holidays. National and local delivery services including Fed Ex priority overnight shipping can be coordinated to suit individual needs and the rates for services are often 25 percent lower than commercial biological services.
JHBR is ready to provide a one-stop shop for conducting research and clinical studies involving biological specimen collection, processing, storing and testing services.