TPC - Facilities & Other Resources

The Tissue Procurement Core (TPC) within the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) houses the following pieces of equipment:

  • Four specimen freezing baths (two units maintained in the Surgical Pathology frozen section suites)
  • Four ultralow mechanical freezers (one which remains empty at all times and off-site as a back-up)
  • Twelve liquid nitrogen inventory systems
  • Two cryostats
  • Tissue processor
  • Paraffin embedding station
  • Microtome
  • Cytocentrifuge and two clinical centrifuges
  • Equipment and supplies for standard histological staining
  • Standard light microscope
  • Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 capillary electrophoresis system
  • Two Nanodrop fiber optic spectrophotometers
  • Pixcell II laser-capture microdissection microscope available for investigator use
  • Biospecimen data entry and tracking is now accomplished using the web-based caTissue tool, a caBIG® application that accesses a database on the WUCON network and is maintained by the Bioinformatics Core
  • Photomicroscopic capabilities
  • Ability to access digital slide scanner that is maintained and funded in a separate laboratory