Processing and Banking Core


The Biospecimen Processing and Banking core provides a full range of biobanking services for researchers wishing to enhance their biospecimen collection and research efforts. Services include biospecimen accessioning, processing, nucleic acid extraction and quality control, banking, distribution, redaction of personally identifiable information, and digital pathology. 

Researchers are encouraged to include the Biospecimen Processing and Banking core staff in the planning stages of their proposal as core staff can assist with creating a budget, reviewing feasibility, and lending their biobanking proficiency to ensure quality outcomes. The core can handle a wide variety of biospecimen types and maintain the flexibility needed to accommodate the unique needs of each project.

The Biopathology Center's molecular laboratory supports the nucleic acid extraction and quality control for the Biospecimen Processing and Banking Core and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program and certified by CLIA for clinical testing. Other areas of the core are CAP-accreditated under their Biorepository Accrediation Program.

In addition, the Biopathology Center and the Biospecimen Processing and Banking Core is an active member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), and follows the highest standards to ensure the quality of specimens in the repository. Specimens are stored in liquid nitrogen, -80°C freezers, -20°C freezers, and 4°C refrigerators, which are monitored continuously to prevent the loss of these invaluable tissue samples.




Nilsa Ramirez, MD | Medical Director, Biopathology Center | | (614) 722-5643 

Jay Bowen | Core Director, Processing and Banking Core | | (614) 722-5302


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Mon - Fri 8am to 5pm  

Nationwide Children's Hospital

700 Children's Drive

Columbus, Ohio 43205

Links and Resources




Name Role Phone Email Location
Megan Welling
Core Supervisor
Cynthia McAllister
Core Manager
Jay Bowen
Core Director

Fixed Price Services

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BPC Core - Ambient Liquid (2)
BPC Core - Any Specimen (1)
BPC Core - Distribution (4)
BPC Core - Formalin Fixed Tissue (1)
BPC Core - Fresh Tissue (2)
BPC Core - Frozen Tissue (2)
BPC Core - Kits (1)
BPC Core - Light Microscopy Whole Slide Imaging (3)
BPC Core - Monthly Banking Fees (3)
BPC Core - Nucleic Acid Extraction and QC (3)