Translational Research Technology (TRT) Division

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The Translational Research Technology Division (TRT) provides a one-stop shop of flexible laboratory-based services for translational studies to members of the CTRI and external collaborators. We support a broad range of clinical and translational research projects by providing Biorepository, Sample Acquisition, and Laboratory (bio-analytical, and assay development) services. Services may be recharged or paid through a purchase order.

Accessing TRT Cores, Services, and Consultation

Requests for services should be routed through the "Request CTRI Services" button above. If investigators cannot locate a particular resource or service, they are encouraged to contact us (at so we can explore ways to meet their needs.

TRT Advisory Committee

The TRT Advisory Committee oversees all aspects of the Division's ongoing and planned activities. The Co-Chairs are Paul J. Mills and David Boyle; other members are Elizabeth Komives, and Scott Vandenberg (see below for contact information). The Committee explores new research directions, and determines potential new services that could facilitate such research.

TRT External Advisory Committee

The TRT External Advisory Committee independently evaluates and guides the directions and activities of the TRT, providing external expertise in the domains of basic, applied, clinical and translational research. Committee members include Chris Benedict ,PhD, Mary Corr, MD, Scott Matthews, MD, Simon Schenk, PhD, Mark Wallace, MD, and Howard Taras, MD.

TRT Seminar Series

TRT hosts a quarterly Seminar Series showcasing various technologies and testing services that support clinical and translational research. For more information and a list of upcoming lectures, click Seminar Series.

David Boyle
Co-Director of Translational Research Technology
Department of Medicine
Phone: (858) 822-0784
Paul Mills, PhD
Co-Director of Translational Research Technology
Department of Psychiatry
Phone: (619) 543-2506
Elizabeth Komives, PhD
Professor, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Phone: (858) 534-3058
Michael Rosenbach
Biorepository Manager
Phone: (619) 543-2089

Edgar Masmila
Clinical Lab Scientist - Pathology
Phone (858) 534-1033

Josh Hillman
Staff Research Associate
Phone: (858) 534-2257

Service requests must come through the CTRI website request form in order to receive the approved recharge rates. Contact David Boyle for questions.

Recharge Rates are effective July 1, 2015.

CTRI—TRT Unit UC Users Non-UC Users
Storage Contact Josh Hillman for Additional Questions
Freezer Box 2-inch box monthly $20 $29
Freezer Box 3-inch box monthly $42 $61
Freezer Rack   monthly $120 $174
Liquid Nitrogen Rack   monthly $80 $116
Storage Retrieval   per access $47 $69
Assays Contact Josh Hillman for Additional Questions
DNA Extraction Blood/Cells   per sample $12 $18
DNA Extraction Tissue   per sample $13 $19
RNA Extraction Blood   per sample $6 $9
RNA Extraction Cells   per sample $4 $6
RNA Extraction Tissue   per sample $4 $6
Picogreen   per test $5 $8
Ribogreen (RNA)   per test $5 $8
1-plex   per test $15 $22
2-plex   per test $21 $31
3-plex   per test $23 $34
4-plex   per test $25 $37
5-plex   per test $30 $44
6-plex   per test $33 $48
7-plex   per test $37 $54
8-plex   per test $41 $60
9-plex   per test $46 $67
10-plex   per test $50 $73
PCR—Qpcr—Tissue   per test $7 $11
PCR—Qpcr—Blood   per test $6 $9
PCR—Qpcr—Cells   per test $6 $9
FC and BC Hourly Usage of the FC or BC machine with tech time hourly $35 $51
SRA Consult SRA Tech Time in addition to tests hourly $61 $89
Sr Faculty Consult   hourly $140 $203