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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 03/11/14

The Pathology Investigation and Resources Branch (PIRB)

The Pathology Investigation and Resources Branch (PIRB) supports human specimen resources and pathology investigation to facilitate discovery, translational and cancer diagnostics research that requires patient samples.

  • Develops and supports human specimen resources that procure, store and distribute a variety of biospecimens for research

  • Assists researchers in locating and gaining access to the specimens needed for their investigations. The NCI Tissue Expediter and Specimen Resource Locator program maintains information about existing resources and helps match researchers with appropriate sources for the specimens they need

  • Provides pathology expertise and advises researchers on issues related to human tissue specimen resources and sample preparation. Provides pathology assessment and QA/QC for specimens on CDP/DCTD/NCI scientific initiatives

  • Collaborates with investigators and supports new processing methods to optimize sample quality, identifying best molecular QA/QC tools and overcoming challenges for molecular analysis of human samples

  • Supports the development of informatics tools to improve access to human specimens and associated clinical data

PIRB Staff:

Name Position Primary Email Phone
Irina Lubensky, M.D. Branch Chief (240) 276-5902
Rodrigo Chuaqui, M.D. Program Director (240) 276-5910
Joanne Peter-Demchok, M.S. Program Director (240) 276-5959
Aniruddha Ganguly, Ph.D. Program Director (240) 276-5905
Hala R. Makhlouf, M.D., Ph.D. Program Director (240) 276-7782
Derrick Burns Administrative Support (240) 276-5984

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