Biospecimen Processing Lab

The Biospecimen Processing Lab (BSPL) provides a suite of biospecimen services to support clinical, translational, and basic life sciences research, including:


Program Name Change

Both the Biospecimen Services Program (BSP) and the Sample Processing Lab (SPL) were previously situated in two separate home departments (Cancer Center and CTSI, respectively), and operating as two separate groups offering numerous overlapping services. In 2022, the BSP transitioned from the Cancer Center into CTSI and is now housed in the same department as SPL.

We are excited to combine these two programs and services under one cohesive program with a new name, the Biospecimen Processing Lab (BSPL). This merger will standardize study initiation through a single entry point, operate under unified recharge rates, and standardize hours of operation. The merger will leverage the opportunity for cross coverage across labs, open up the potential for after-hours processing capabilities, as well as offer further potential growth across the UCSF campus.

The anticipated completion of the merger is July 1, 2023. In the short term, current recharge rates for studies onboarded through BSP and SPL will remain separate. Future recharge rates are expected to be competitive with the current rates. Additional updates (approved recharge rates, standardized hours of operation, etc.) will be provided through separate email communications and all merger communications will also be posted on this website.

Our Team


All publications resulting from the utilization of the Biospecimen Processing Lab are required to acknowledge the Clinical Translational Science Institute and our CTSA grant using the following text:

"Research reported in this publication utilized the Biospecimen Processing Lab within CTSI at the University of California, San Francisco, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1 TR991872. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH."