Emory Transplant Center Biorepository for Translational Science

The Emory Transplant Center Biorepository for Translational Science (ETC Biorepository) was established in February 2008 through the generous funding of the Georgia Research Alliance. The ETC Biorepository contributes to the improvement of transplant outcomes by supporting Emory researchers in their basic, translational and clinical research studies. As one of the only transplant-based biorepositories in the U.S., the ETC Biorepository represents one of the largest collections of longitudinal samples from patients receiving transplant services.

In general, a biorepository is a facility that collects, catalogs, and stores samples of biological material. These samples may include urine, blood, tissue, cells, DNA, RNA, and/or protein. If the samples are from patients, medical information also may be stored. This allows researchers to better understand the meaningful differences (biological phenotypes) between different patients, tissues, and diseases with the goal of improving transplantation outcomes.

What does the ETC Biorepository do?

The ETC Biorepository collects, processes, and distributes patient samples. The ETC Biorepository functions on a 24-hour/7-day per week basis and serves as a collection point for biological samples from patients receiving transplant services through Emory. At this time, more than 1,200 patients have consented to participate in the ETC Biorepository and more than 80,000 samples are available for research purposes. Services offered by the ETC Biorepository include:

• Immune monitoring protocols available to patients receiving transplant services

• Catalogued collection of patient-specific samples over time

• Central collection of samples from lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, islet cell, and multiple tissue transplants available to researchers

How does the ETC Biorepository help patients?

Researchers may access ETC Biorepository samples to help further studies designed to improve transplantation outcomes. Current projects supported by the ETC Biorepository include:

• Immune Monitoring and Assay Development in Organ Transplant Recipients

• Immunosupression Withdrawal for Stable Pediatric Liver Transplant Recients

• Belatacept Post-Depletional Study

• Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT)

• Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Children (CTOTC)

• Clinical Islet Transplantation (CIT)

• Solid Organ Transplantation in HIV

• Identification and Mechanistic Investigations of Tolerant Kidney Transplant Patients

• The Safety and Efficacy of LEA29Y, Daclizumab, and Sirolimus in Recients of non-HLA-Living-Donor Renal Transplants

Who are the staff of the ETC Biorepository?

Jennifer Cheeseman, MS
Biorepository Manager
Jennifer Cheeseman serves as the ETC Biorepository Manager, supervising all Biorepository staff as well as overseeing the development of new molecular assays for the department. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, and an MS in Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Her Masters research focused on identifying a genetic profile associated with degenerative myelopathy in the German shepherd.

Stephanie Monday, BS
Lead Research Specialist
Stephanie Monday is responsible for routine sample processing and distribution, molecular assays, and administrative support. She holds a BS in Biology from Purdue University, and previously worked in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, in Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Kentucky, and for Techshot Inc, a small NASA contract company in Indiana.

Rachelle Jones, BS
Research Specialist
Rachelle Jones is responsible for the processing and shipping of samples for all human studies. She holds has a BS in Biology from Southern Polytechnic State University, and previously worked for Cryolife, Inc and SpineMedica, LLC.

Kendra Bryant, BS
Research Specialist and Medical Records Abstractor
Kendra Bryant is responsible for routine sample processing and database management, including abstracting medical records and reviewing pathological report. She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia with a focus on protein purification and polymerization.

Benjamin Kramer
Research Specialist
Benjamin Kramer is responsible for routine sample processing, laboratory maintenance and upkeep, as well as NHP tissue and DNA organization and storage. He holds a BS in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech.

To read about other Faculty at the Emory Transplant Center, access the Faculty page.


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