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UMM Biorepository


The objective of the UMM Biorepository is to provide the resources and support for large-scale studies to empower basic and clinical researchers to make discoveries in genomics and ‘omics’ science and to translate these discoveries to more effective diagnostics and therapeutics.‌

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The UMM Biorepository is a resource building effort that includes banking of blood samples from UMMS patients as well as collections of various biospecimens from collaborating UM researchers. State of the-art robotic freezer and liquidhandling equipment offers a secure and managed environment for biospecimen processing, storage and distribution. Data connected to the samples is obtained through the electronic health record and/or study-specific data collection, allowing for multi-disciplinary research that can impact a range of health issues.

Participants are recruited under the "University of Maryland Genetics BIObank" from the UM faculty practices and the University of Maryland Medical Center. BIObank samples and health information may be used by secondary researchers to answer various research questions to examine the genetic, biochemical, environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to health and disease and other medically relevant traits.

For More Information

To learn more about the study please see the BIObank Brochure and the BIObank Consent Form.

For more information about requesting samples for research use, please contact Coleen Damcott at

Major Equipment

Hamilton Biorepository (BiOS) Freezer System 

  • State-of-the-art automated, ultra-low temperature (-80oC) freezer system
  • Equipped to accommodate over 900,000 biospecimens

Microlab chemagic STAR liquid handling system (Hamilton) 

  • DNA/RNA extraction

Microlab STAR liquid handling system (Hamilton) 

  • Sample aliquoting and set up specific assays using retrieved samples


CORE Services


  • Sample processing & banking
  • DNA/RNA extraction & banking
  • Sample storage
  • Sample retrieval

Clinical Research Support 

  • IRB protocol preparation assistance
  • Consenting
  • Phlebotomy/sample collection
  • Survey administration

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Coleen M. Damcott, PhD
Director, University of Maryland Medicine
(UMM) Biorepository
Program for Personalized and
Genomic Medicine

Kathleen Palmer

Kathleen Palmer, BSN, RN
Head, Clinical Research Office
Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine

Consent Form

BioBank Research Consent Form

BioBank Brochure Cover

BioBank Brochure

UMM Biorepository
Bressler Research Building
655 West Baltimore Street
Room 7-010
Baltimore, MD 21201