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Welcome to the UNC BioSpecimen Processing Facility (BSP).freezers

The UNC BSP is a centralized, quality controlled and quality assured facility for the processing, storage and disbursement of human specimens.  The facility has 1070 square ft of laboratory space geared for high throughput processing of human biospecimens, with specific emphasis on DNA extraction.

The Facility provides laboratory support for investigator-initiated large-scale clinical, epidemiologic, and other studies and functions as a human biospecimen repository. It also serves as a resource for clinicians who wish to store and study samples from unusual or potentially important patients.

In addition to laboratory services, the facility provides a scientific resource for investigators seeking advice on study design including specimen collection and storage methods, and human subject issues.   Additionally Core staff will act as a liaison to other UNC core facilities.

Our mission is to provide a cost-effective UNC facility to process biospecimens from population, clinical, and other studies.


The BSP is currently operating at 50% staff in light of COVID-19 precautions. We are processing requests as quickly as possible; however please understand that some requests will require more time to complete. In addition, please be mindful of precautionary measures when submitting samples to the BSP and when interacting with staff. Thank you all for your continued support as we navigate through these uncertain times.

For more information, please see the following resources:
Keeping it GREEN! The BSP participates in a number of green initiatives and recycling programs. Click here for more information.