Service description

The CTU Specimen Processing Center serves as a one-stop unit for processing, storing, and shipping research samples collected from research patients.

The CTU Specimen Processing Center contains dedicated laboratory space and skilled research personnel that can assist investigators with specimen processing; provide advice on sample collection, as well as facilitate the shipping and handling of biological materials. The staff is highly experienced in collecting and processing serial blood sampling for pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) assessments.

The Center can accommodate samples such as blood, saliva, sputum, urine, stool, hair follicles, and other types of specimens. In addition, the Center is able to perform specialized processing for studies in which the assays are performed in the investigator’s lab, research core lab, or sponsor’s central lab.

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Types of specimen processing services

Sample processing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Serum/plasma separation
  • Aliquotting
  • Buffy coat separation
  • Hematology slides (Blood smear)
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • PBMC separation

Sample Management

  • Custom labeling
  • Online (FreshLoc) temperature monitoring system
  • Electronic specimen collection reports

Storage and Shipping/Handling

  • Temporary storage of specimens
  • Ambient
  • Refrigerated
  • Dry ice


  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • - 80°C ultra-low freezer
  • - 20°C freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • YSI Glucose/Lactate analyzer
  • Infusion equipment

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Contact information

Lilit Baronikian
CTU Lab Supervisor

323-865-3379 (office) or 818-642-4838 (cell)

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.