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Tissue Procurement Core

Director: Mark Watson, MD, PhD
Research Lab Manager: Brian Goetz

The Siteman Cancer Center Tissue Procurement Core provides Washington University researchers and their collaborators with a centralized resource to collect, store and utilize human biospecimens for cancer research. Dedicated staff and facilities are used to generate nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) and histological sections from collected patient specimens. Technologies to facilitate tissue-based translational research such as laser capture microdissection and tissue microarray construction are also available. An archive of over 23,000 snap-frozen biospecimens (tumor tissue, non-malignant tissue, serum, plasma) and corresponding de-identified pathology and demographic data from patients with a variety of solid and hematologic malignancies are available for IRB-approved investigator studies.

Elaine Bertke, Administrative Coordinator
Jennifer Archer, Technician
Nicole Gaudin, Technician
Laura Granderson, Technician
Jessica Oertwig, Technician
Beth Reagan, Technician
Emily Rozycki, Technician
Xiaochun Zhang, Technician 

LOCATION: BJC Institute of Health, 5th floor, Rms. 5120, 5113, 5205

PRICING: Please contact the core for current pricing of services offered.

TO ACCESS: Call 314-454-7615 or e-mail If you have comments or concerns, please contact Karen Kharasch at 314-454-8943 or or Maureen Egan-Palmer at 314-454-8110 or

As of April 7, 2008, the NIH requires investigators with a publication using Siteman (or other NIH-funded) shared resources to submit (or have submitted for them) their final, peer reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central(PMC) upon acceptance of publication, to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. Many journals automatically submit these for authors, but Washington University also has assistance available through the Becker Medical Library. Please see or for more information.

PUBLICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: If research supported by the Tissue Procurement Core results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):

We thank the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., for the use of the Tissue Procurement Core, which provided __________ service. The Siteman Cancer Center is supported in part by an NCI Cancer Center Support Grant #P30 CA91842.