Biospecimens and Pathology Core

The Biospecimens and Pathology Core provides biospecimens, pathology annotations, histological services and pathology support for research projects in the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer SPORE and other breast cancer translational research projects.

Biospecimens include:

  • Frozen tissue
  • Archived formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue
  • Tissue microarrays and cell line microarrays
  • Blood
  • Serum
  • DNA
  • RNA

The Biospecimens and Pathology Core also provides histology-related services, such as sectioning, immunostaining, antibody optimization and characterization, and digital imaging.

Core pathologists provide immunohistochemistry interpretations. These functions are essential to most translational research, including the specific projects included in the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer SPORE.

Core leaders

The director of the Biospecimens and Pathology Core is: