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Who can use Tissue Bank services?

Members of West Virginia University who have NIH funding have top priority for obtaining our services. However, all West Virginia University researchers, as well as those collaborating from outside institutions, can request tissue from the Tissue Bank for valid research purposes. Tissue obtained from the Tissue Bank may not be distributed to third parties. The Tissue Bank technologists will work with each investigator to maximize the value of the tissue for a particular scientific study. There are minimal costs for Tissue Bank Services and project approval is subject to review by the Tissue Bank Board of Directors:

  • John B. Barnett Ph.D. (Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology)
  • Christopher Cuff, Ph.D. (MBRCC)
  • Laura F. Gibson, Ph.D. (Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology)
  • Michael Ruppert, M.D., Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
  • Matthew Smolkin, M.D. (Pathology)

Acknowledging the Tissue Bank in Publications and Grants

We ask that investigators acknowledge the contributions made by the Tissue Bank in all publications resulting from the use of these tissues. Recommended wording be as follows: "Tissue for this project was provided by the West Virginia University Tissue Bank."

Please mention the related surgery department and / or the WVU Department of Pathology in publications as well. In some cases consulting and collaborating with the surgeon / pathologist involved is recommended. The assistance and contribution of these departments is crucial.

Point of Contact and Questions

A photo of Jacqueline Karakiozis.
Jacqueline Karakiozis, BS
West Virginia University
Technical Specialist, Pathology, Anatomy and Laboratory Medicine