BIH Core Facility Biobank

The BIH Biobank Core Facility will store a wide range of different types of specimens collected in BIH research projects, cohort studies and trials as well as from Charité patients under safe and quality-controlled conditions and will make them available to BIH researchers. The BIH Biobank will also provide advice and consultation for BIH projects with biospecimens regarding design, planning and implementation of studies (e.g. SOPs), data protection issues, and ethical issues. A number of services are or will be offered, such as tissue sectioning and histology as well as immunohistochemistry, DNA or RNA extraction, etc. The BIH Biobank Core Facility is one biobank at two locations (Charité CVK and MDC) with a central database / laboratory information system (LIMS).


Scientific directors

Prof. Michael Hummel, Charité
Prof. Tobias Pischon, MDC


Prof. Peter Hufnagl, Charité (IT)
Dr. Alexandra Stege, Charité (Tissue samples)
Dr. Jenny Schlesinger, Charité (Liquid samples)

Dr. Claus Derz
Dr. Jürgen Janke, MDC


Steering committee


Prof. Young-Ae Lee: Research group "Genetics of allergic diseases"
Prof. Tobias Pischon
*: molecular epidemiology, Nationale Kohorte
Dr. Kai Martin Schmidt-Ott:
DFG group „Hemodynamic mechanisms of acute kidney injury“


* current speakers


Prof. Michael Hummel*: Professor for experimental hematopathology, Head of ZeBanC
Prof. Ulrich Keilholz: Director of Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center; professor of hematology and oncology
Prof. Kai Kappert: Institut für Laboratoriumsmedizin, Klinische Chemie und Pathobiochemie


The BIH Biobank is still under development and construction. However, the following services are already available. Please contact us for details.

  • Storage at -80°C, -20°C and +4°C as well as liquid nitrogen (temperature logging)
  • Automated DNA extraction
  • Slide scanning
  • Targeted re-sequencing
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • FISH
  • TMA construction
  • Biobank IT solutions
  • Consultation