The THO Biorepository stores 100,000+ biospecimens, including and not limited to bronchial brushings, bronchial biopsies, EDTA plasma, streck plasma, serum, genomic PBMC DNA, urine, sputum and pleural fluid. The Biorepository has distributed over 14,000 samples over the years.


Dr. Massion and Dr. Eisenberg have been the Thoracic Biorepository’s Directors since 2012. Dr. Massion is funded through multiple NCI consortia to advance lung cancer research, including the EDRN Early detection Research Network, Molecular and Cellular Laboratories of lung cancer (MCL), and the CIB or Cancer Imaging Biomarkers.


The Thoracic Biorepository is a strong supporter of lung cancer research. Our biorepository team members have years of experience in patient sample collection, processing, storage, and distribution. The biorepository collaborates with surgical pathologists who ensure collection and quality control of the tissue and review of tissue slides.


Our Team Members:

     Dr. Rosana Eisenberg, Biorepository Director

     Dr. Pierre Massion, Thoracic Biorepository Director

     Katrina Brewer, Program Manager

     Amy Hinton, Research Assistant II

     Sarah Atmajoana, Research Analyst II

     Dr. Mitra Merhad, Pathologist



The Thoracic Biorepository has two full sized centrifuges, five large -80° freezers, a -196° liquid nitrogen cryofreezer for storage, and a 4° fridge and -20° freezer for temporary storage. All freezers have monitored alarm systems. The Biorepository has dedicated working space, and all other tools, training, and SOPs to operate. Specimens are de-identified and logged in a HIPAA-compliant manner. Specimens are tracked using a dedicated barcoding & database system.


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