The Department of Internal Medicine's Biospecimen Collaboration supports the research initiatives of faculty in clinical and translational research. The Collaboration is an important and valuable resource for researchers working in chronic disease translational research programs.

Fast Facts:

  • Supported by the College of Medicine – Phoenix's Department of Internal Medicine.
  • Established in January 2018.
  • Location: Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) 5th floor and houses multiple biosafety cabinets, a centrifuge, and freezers and refrigerators (-145, -80, -20 degrees) that are monitored daily.
  • Established QA/QC and validation programs to control sample quality.
  • Samples are stored with TissueMetrix lab management software.
  • Participant demographics and diagnoses are stored in REDCap.
  • Expert advisory committee offered to support investigators with translational research projects.

*Sample preparation types processed and stored in the department's biorepository include: plasma, serum, RBC, whole blood, RNA, DNA, peripheral blood mononuclear cell, protein samples, bronchoalveolar lavage whole fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage acellular, cytospin slides, buccal swabs, PAXgene and tissue.

*Note: Not all biospecimen preparation types are always available. For specific information or for inquiries about whether your funded research might qualify to use the Biospecimen Collaboration infrastructure, please email the Department of Internal Medicine Biospecimen Collaboration lab director.


  • Michael Fallon, MD, Executive Director.
  • Kenneth Knox, MD, Executive Leadership Representative.
  • Mrinalini Kala, PhD, Lab Director.
  • Anna Valencia, Senior Director of Clinical Research.
  • Elena Young, Compliance.