Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis

The Tissue Acquisition and Cellular / Molecular Analysis Shared Resource (TACMASR) provides support and pathology-related services to University of Arizona Cancer Center and University of Arizona researchers on a fee-for-service basis. We strive to maximize research dollars through customized, cost-effective, and quality-controlled services.

This Shared Resources has a board-certified anatomic pathologist on staff with many years of clinical and experimental research experience.

TACMASR offers two primary types of services to University of Arizona Cancer Center and University of Arizona research investigators that include Cellular and molecular analysis and Tissue acquisition and biobanking.

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Please remember to acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA023074) when publishing manuscripts or abstracts that utilized the services of the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Shared Resources and/or were derived from CCSG pilot funds. Suggested language: "Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30 CA023074.

The Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Resource (TACMASR) is a multi-faceted research service facility that offers:

  • Biorepository - procurement, storage, and retrieval of Cancer biorepository specimens as well as assistance with locating sample cohorts and access to other special collections. Contact Carole Kepler.
    • Acquisition and preservation of tissues and body fluids
    • Biospecimen banking and storage
  • Routine Histology - paraffin & frozen samples, routine & special stains, Tissue MicroArrays (TMA). Contact Jocelyn Fimbres.
  • Immunostaining and in situ hybridization - Immunohistochemistry (IHC), In Situ Hybridization (ISH) using validated antibody staining protocols on automated platforms. Contact Jocelyn Fimbres.
  • Pathology - experimental advice, quality control, and scoring. Contact Betsy Dennison
    • Clinical and pathological annotation of surgical biospecimens
  • Digital Imaging & Microscopy - brightfield slide scanning, brightfield and widefield fluorescence microscopic image capture, Leica SP5 confocal microscope (with live cell imaging capabilities), as well as assistance in accessing and using other microscopy techniques on campus. Contact Doug Cromey

These services are provided on a fee-for-service basis to members of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and to University of Arizona research investigators.

University of Arizona Cancer Center, Levy Building
Lab - Room 0917
Office – Room 0914
1515 N. Campbell, Tucson, AZ 85724


Phone: (520) 626-7319

Manager: Betsy Dennison
Phone: (520) 626-0326
E-mail: Betsyd@email.arizona.edu

Shared Resource Director, Tissue Acquisition Cellular and Molecular Analysis