Biorepository samplesThe UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource (BCR) serves as a cornerstone for biospecimen and biorepository information, education and facilitation of local banking efforts in an attempt to be consistent with best practices and standards. It will assist in the development and implementation of organizational shared infrastructure for fostering clinical and basic science research integration and enhancing stewardship of resources among established and future biorepositories.

  • Education, training and consultation on biospecimen and biobanking related policies and practices
  • The ability of investigators to query a cross-catalog of UC Davis-banked samples from established biospecimen collections located throughout UC Davis (Virtual Biospecimen Database).
  • Identification of study-specific cohorts for potential tissue and blood sample collections (surgery or clinical procedures)
  • Identify residual blood samples (remnants) from clinical collections such as  blood draws, surgeries or procedures that would otherwise be discarded after clinical use
  • Infrastructure to allow future UC Davis participation in emerging biobanking networks and consortiums

If you are a member of the UC Davis Health and wish to participate in research by donating samples, please contact us or you can call the BCR at 916-734-7524.

Nick Anderson picture Nick Anderson, Ph.D.
Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics
Director of Informatics Research
Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS)
UC Davis Medical Center

Biomedical informatics expert, Nicholas R. Anderson, joined UC Davis Health Sept. 1 as Director of Informatics Research.  He also holds the Robert D. Cardiff Professorship in Informatics and is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He leads the UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource (BCR) which is building a strategy for developing, implementing and sustaining a distributed research infrastructure to facilitate resourceful biospecimen management at UC Davis.

As Director of Informatics Research, Anderson is developing his own program of research into the effective uses of biomedical data, information and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making. Because informatics is at the core of many transformative efforts in health care, Anderson's expertise and leadership will help build the institution's capacity to optimize information technology and further develop this important field throughout the organization.

Dr. Anderson was the Associate Director for Biomedical Informatics Core in the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington before joining UC Davis. He received his bachelor of science in computer science from Evergreen State College, a master of science in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health and Science University, and a doctoral degree in biomedical informatics from the University of Washington.  He has a strong background as a principal investigator in funded biomedical informatics research.

Dr. Anderson seeks internal and external partnerships to build the research program, including interactions with the Center for Health and Technology, the Graduate Group in Health Informatics, the Information Technology Department, the Genomics Center, the Institute for Population Health Improvement, the Comprehensive Cancer Center and faculty scholars throughout UC Davis.  He will also lead the biomedical informatics core at the Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Dr. Anderson can be reached at 916-703-6976 or


Stephanie Soares picture

Stephanie Soares, MS, CCRP
Assistant Director, Biorepositories Core Resource
Clinical and Translational Science Center
UC Davis Medical Center

Ms. Soares is the Assistant Director of the UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource. She has over 25 years of experience coordinating oncology-related research projects including oversight of grants management, clinical trials and human tissue biobanking. She received her B.S. from California State University, Sacramento and an M.S. in Health Informatics from the University of California, Davis. Over the years, she has designed databases for a variety of biospecimen projects and programs including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Biorepository Shared Resource, the UC Davis Prostate Cancer Program (PO1), local cohort studies for the University of California-wide Athena Breast Health Network and the GU-Prostate/Bladder Initiative. She designed and implemented a novel integration between the UC Davis Health EPIC EMR and the Department of Pathology’s LIS system that allowed healthcare personnel to electronically order research-specific blood.

Ms. Soares has been a SoCRA member since 1999, an International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) member since 2012 and a member of University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) consortium since 2013. She has 8 peer-reviewed publications and was an invited presenter at the 2014 Leaders in Biobanking Congress in Seattle, WA.

Ms. Soares can be reached at 916-734-7524 or


Matthew Hwang picture Matthew Hwang
Biobanking Programmer, Biorepositories Core Resource
Clinical and Translational Science Center
UC Davis Medical Center

Matthew Hwang is the lead programmer in the Biorepositories Core Resource. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and spent two years working at Epic Systems, an electronic health record (EHR) software company. At Epic, Matthew developed applications to analyze the large amounts of data about how Epic customers use the software. Customers would regularly receive summary reports that identified key areas for improvement to help them deliver better patient care. Now at UC Davis, Matthew is using his Epic expertise to integrate clinical and research applications and enable greater access to biospecimens in the UC Davis network.

Matthew can be reached at 916-734-0434 or


Leslie Solis picture Leslie J. Solis, MS, CCRP
Biobank Operations Specialist, Biorepositories Core Resource
Clinical and Translational Science Center
UC Davis Medical Center

Ms. Solis is the Biobank Operations Specialist at the UC Davis Biorepository Core Resource. She has over 9 years of biobanking experience. As a Clinical Research Coordinator with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, she developed a biospecimen processing laboratory and biorepository that became the primary facility for handling, cataloging, and storing precious patient specimens for intensive Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. As an advanced user of Freezerworks, a specialized LIMS-style specimen tracking software, she has overseen the set-up, upgrades, and support for multiple Freezerworks user-groups. She has also worked extensively with other database software, designing and implementing databases in Microsoft Access and Oracle.

She received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her M.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed a certificate program in Database Management at American River College. Ms. Solis has been a SoCRA member since 2016, an ISBER member since 2010, and was an invited panel speaker at the 2016 Freezerworks User Education Conference.

Ms. Solis can be reached at 916-734-3475 or