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Biobank Storage Temperatures: An Illustrative Guide

By Hannah F. Elson, Ph.D.                                                                                                                    

Storage temperatures and monitoring are critical to meeting requirements for biobank organizations. While each project varies in requirements, it is essential to understand the benefits and risks associated with each temperature option. Investigators planning to use our biorepository often ask for advice on the optimal storage temperature for their samples. There are 4 questions every investigator should ask to improve viability for long term storage.

  • What is the type of sample? 
  • What container is used for the sample? 
  • Which particular assays are planned? 
  • What length of time does the sample need to be stored? 

The Info Poster will serve as a reference guide emphasizing and illustrating the complexity of various biospecimen storage temperatures.


Biobank Storage Temperatures InfoPoster