Departmental Sample Storage
The storage of biological samples within liquid nitrogen tanks ensures protection for these vital research materials.
Collections of samples are housed for researchers inside Taylor Wharton 80K storage tanks. Tanks utilise the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen at -196°C to avoid any possibility of cross-contamination. The system has a fully automated refilling mechanism and several weeks of built in nitrogen supply redundancy, therefore eliminating limitations normally associated with manual fill vessels. Temperature gradients and abnormal changes in nitrogen levels cannot occur during normal operation of the system.
The designated technicians for this service are: Jess Willis (IICD), Jon Kilby (IICD), Svetlana Solovieva (O&M), Eva Wild (O&M), Jess Medcalf (O&M) and Ben Durham (IICD).
The service aims to deliver best practice cryogenic storage for a twenty-first century research environment. We hope to achieve these standards while providing a reliable service meeting key objectives:
Quality: Custody of the "cold chain" to safeguard samples
Environmental: Reducing consumption of Liquid Nitrogen and other materials
Safety: Minimising transport of Liquid Nitrogen inside buildings
Cost: Promoting efficiency savings and a fair pricing strategy
Feedback is very important for the running of this service. Please complete our FEEDBACK FORM should you have any comments or issues with storage and retrieval of vials.
Sample Storage and Access Requests
In addition to the SOPs above a list of FAQs provides further information. Excel templates for requesting sample storage and access can be downloaded from the links below.
Storage of samples: Sample Storage Request Form
Access to samples: Sample Access Request Form
This table provides a quick reference guide to the storage and access procedures.
|Email to request sample storage||Email request for access to samples|
|Receive confirmation via email||Receive confirmation via email|
|Deposit your samples for storage in a CryoPod carrier (E146)||Accessed samples are retrieved from the 80K tanks by designated technicians|
|Samples are taken by a designated technician for storage in the 80K tanks||
Samples transferred out of the Biorepository
Samples transferred into the Biorepository
|Receive confirmation your samples are ready to collect (E146)|
|Receive confirmation of storage and Biorepository ID||Collect your samples from the CryoPod carrier|
Whether you wish to store samples or have any other queries please contact, email@example.com.