University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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.

Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology Core

Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology

The Biorepository facility provides for optimal acquisition of human tissue biospecimens with annotation of handling/processing, QA/QC protocols, and custodial storage/distribution. The Tissue Biomarker Technology facility provides processing and state-of-the-art tissue biomarker histologic detection and/or image analyses for both human and mouse tissue biospecimens.
Biostatistics Core


Provides statistical expertise and collaboration to the UCSF cancer research community on all phases of basic science, translational, clinical, epidemiological, and prevention research.
Cancer Imaging Resources Core

Cancer Imaging Research

Provides technical capabilities and scientific expertise for integrating cutting-edge, multi-modality imaging into basic, translational, and clinical research.
Clinical Research Support Office

Clinical Research Support Office

Assists with protocol development, data management, regulatory compliance, contract development, and patient registration.
Computational Biology Core

Computational Biology and Informatics

Provides computational biology and computational infrastructure support to the UCSF cancer research community.
LCA Core

Laboratory for Cell Analysis

Provides cytometric, microscopic, and genomic support and services for the UCSF cancer research community.
Preclinical Therapeutics Core

Preclinical Therapeutics

Offers a complete set of preclinical services and in vivo imaging devices for cancer investigators.
Small Molecule Discovery Core

Small Molecule Discovery

Collaborates with academics, government labs, and pharmaceutical companies to develop unique chemical probes and drug leads that address unmet medical needs in cancer.
Tobacco Biomarkers Core

Tobacco Biomarkers

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

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This unit is supported by a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (5P30CA082103). Any publications related to work done by this core should reference grant number 5P30CA082103 and must include a PMCID as required by the NIH. View instructions on how to acknowledge funding sources and how to obtain a PMCID.

For general inquiries about Cancer Center Shared Resources, please email Charissa Suantawee. For technical inquiries, please email Benjamin Braun, MD, PhD.

For more information on the CCSG, please email Erin Bank, PhD.