Center Laboratory

Since the Center’s inception in 1998, our scientific research has been supported by the Center’s Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, directed by Deliang Tang, MD, DrPH.  The 1200 sq/ft Center lab is responsible for overseeing biomarker measurements and biological specimens including:

  • collecting, processing and storing samples for our studies; preparing DNA and RNA for analysis
  • ensuring quality control for all laboratory procedures and sample storage
  • analyzing samples for PAH-DNA adducts, genotypes, and epigenetic markers
  • maintaining an inventory of samples
  • managing the laboratory database

Samples include blood, cord blood, urine, and placental tissue. The laboratory currently supports over 15 federally funded grants at the Center.