Penn Center for AIDS Research

Clinical Core Services: Specimen Repository

Mission | Personnel | Services | Contact Info

To request Clinical Core Services, please complete the Query Request Form. Questions concerning guidance in competing the form should be directed to Debbie Gudonis, Clinical Core Research Coordinator. Questions concerning study design or availability of services should be directed to Ian Frank, Director, Clinical Core or Robert Gross, Co-Director, Clinical Core.

The Clinical Core is currently beta-testing a password protected web-based link to the Adult/Adolescent Database and Specimen Repository that will allow investigators to perform independent searches of the Database, download data, and check for the availability of specimens in the Adult/Adolescent Specimen Repository with specified characteristics. The link should go live in mid-October.

The Penn AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) carries out clinical trials studying new treatments against HIV infection, AIDS, and AIDS-related opportuniistic infections. For additional information regarding current studies conducted by the Penn ACTU, visit the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) website.

Core Service Contact:
Debbie Gudonis
Clinical Core Research Coordinator
Phone: 215-360-0470

Ian Frank
Director, Clinical Core
Phone: 215-662-7419
Cell: 215-964-1077

Robert Gross
Co-Director, Clinical Core
Phone: 215-898-2437


Specimen Repository Access

The Clinical Core maintains and Adult/Adolescent Specimen Repository linked to out Database. Serum, plasma, and PBMCs are collected at periodic intervals prior to and following the start of antiretroviral therapy. In addition, apheresis products are stored from a select number of individuals with defined characteristics, including elite controllers and patients with acute or recent HIV infection.

In making requests from the Specimen Repository you may wish to first consider the characteristics of the patients you would like to consider. Completion of the Query Request Form should include that information, such as:

  • Demographics
  • Viral Load
  • CD4+ Count
  • Antiretroviral Treatment Experience
  • Hepatitis Co-infection

To request specimens from the Repository, please complete the Query Request Form and forward it to

Core Service Contact:
Debbie Gudonis
Clinical Core Research Coordinator
Phone: 215-360-0470

Specimen Repository Charges:


$50 per 1ml vial (approximately 5 million cells)

Serum $10 per 1ml vial


$10 per 1ml vial

Apheresis Products: PBMCs $5 per million cells