Human Tissue Respository & Tissue Analysis

The Human Tissue Repository and Tissue Analysis Shared Resource (HTR-TASR) are jointly funded by the Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology. They have been set up to facilitate the translational research of the faculty in the Cancer Center, the Department of Pathology, the School of Medicine and across Institutes. This website describes the services offered and contact details of HTR-TASR staff members who can advise on specimen availability and all aspects of histology and molecular pathology.


To facilitate the acquisition, storage, and distribution of high quality human tissue samples to UNM researchers for use in scientific investigations while observing appropriate ethical, scientific, and legislative principles and regulations.

  • The NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources is the guide we use.


  • Benefits future patients by allowing researchers access to well preserved and maintained tissues that might not otherwise be available
  • Benefits UNM HSC by strengthening mission of providing quality patient care through fostering innovative and clinically valuable research
  • Honest broker function of the HTR in dispensing de-identified specimens devoid of the 18 HIPAA personal identifiers protects researchers from potential HIPAA complications/violations

About the Tissue Analysis Shared Resource

The TASR provides a variety of histology services, including various types of immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence staining, as well as various molecular pathology techniques such as PCR, Real-Time PCR, DNA and RNA extraction from tissues and fluids and immunofluorescence.

Links to Other Resources

UNM Cancer Center
Fluorescent Microscopy & Cell Imaging Shared Resources
Flow Cytometry & Single Cell Analysis Shared Resource 
Analytical and Translational Genomics Shared Resource
Animal Models Shared Resource