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Core Facilities

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s shared resources represent state-of-the-art support services and technology that provide critical support to groups of investigators. Facilities are described briefly below.  For additional detail, choose links for each core (below or through the Quick Links above).


Provides biostatistical support to the UCSF cancer research community. >>

Clinical Research Support Office

Assists with protocol development, data management, regulatory compliance, contract development, and patient registration. >>

Computational Biology

Provides computational biology support to the UCSF cancer research community. >>

Genome Analysis

Provides quantitative PCR (QPCR), single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, epigenetic analysis, and technical support and education. >>

Immunohistochemistry/Molecular Pathology

Facilitates immunohistochemical and molecular genetic analyses of tumor materials. >>

Laboratory for Cell Analysis

Provides cytometric support, including flow and image cytometry, new cytometric methods and applications, and technical support and education. >>

Mouse Pathology

Provides histologic and hematopoietic research support services relating to malignancies in mouse models of human cancer. >>

Preclinical Therapeutics

Offers a complete set of preclinical services and in vivo imaging devices for cancer investigators. >>


Identifies, samples, and banks tissue to facilitate cancer research. >>
Tissue Request Form >

Tobacco Biomarkers

Serves as an analytical chemistry resource for the UCSF tobacco control and cancer research community. >>

Translational Informatics

Provides database development/support as well as web-based interfaces for database queries and presentation. >>

General Information

“CoreAdmin” is the online application for authorizing, ordering, and tracking core services.
   CoreAdmin System >
   Instructions >

A hard-copy form must be submitted prior to request for recharged core services.
   Core Authorization Form >

Other Resources

UCSF Research Core Facilities and Services
Searchable database of core facilities at all UCSF campus locations, provided by the Translational Technology and Resources Program of UCSF Clinical and Translational Science

This core is supported by a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (5P30CA082013-15). Any publications related to work done by this core, should reference grant number 5P30CA082013-15 and must include a PMCID as required by the NIH. For more information on how to obtain a PMCID, please see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process.htm.

For more information on the CCSG, please contact Jordan Brainerd at brainerdj@cc.ucsf.edu.