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Genetic Resources Core Facility Biorepository & Cell Center

Overview of Services

The GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center was established in 1989 as a core resource to produce immortalized cell lines from human blood (EBV transformations). Continued success has enabled the lab to open its doors to the Hopkins community at large and to expand its services to include cryogenic storage in an on-site biorepository, bioprocessing such as mammalian cell culture and blood processing and domestic / international bioshipping. In 2013 the GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center proudly received the international recognition of CAP (the College of American Pathologist) Accreditation. This voluntary program demands that a laboratory go well beyond acceptable quality and regulatory compliance measures to help achieve the highest standards of excellence in our services. Our mission in the GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center is to bring high quality, cost effective services to investigators throughout the Johns Hopkins scientific community.



Meet Our Team

 Director:  Melissa V. Olson, Ph.D.


Dr. Melissa Olson, Director of the GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center, has more than 10 years of cell culture and biorepository experience.  She oversees the activities of the GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center staff and ensures that cultures, blood processes and long-term cryogenic storage are handled in a timely and expert manner. In addition, she offers assistance to faculty in the design and implementation of projects involving maintenance or storage of cultured cells.


Bioprocessing Lab Manager: Kakali Sarkar, Ph.D.

Biorepository Coordinator: Patrick Catterson


Biorepository, Bioprocessing & Bioshipping Expert Staff:    Karen Horner, Emily DeAngelis, Randy Guertin




Location and hours of operation

Hours: Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 5pm, Same day processing drop off by 2pm

            Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Same day processing drop off by 12pm

Service Location: Blalock 1001A

Mailing Address:  GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center 

                               Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes

                               600 N. Wolfe Street

                               Blalock 1017

                               Baltimore, MD 21287

General Phone:    410-614-5201

Email Contacts:



Links and Resources

  1. GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center Website

Services & Pricing

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10X Genomics Chromium (3)
Biorepository Fees (2)
Blood Processing (13)
Cell Culture (23)
Cells for Distribution (4)
Fees (7)
Fluidigm C1 (3)
Outside Services (4)
Repository Support Services (5)
Shipment Box (3)
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Shipping Charges (3)
Storage (5)