About Us

The Translational Core Laboratory (TCL) at CHOP provides a variety of services ranging from laboratory testing to specimen special processing. We support investigators at CHOP, UPENN and Wistar for patient-orientated clinical research as well as preclinical animal and cell studies. External academic or industrial requests can also be accommodated.

What We Do

Our services are focused on the following functional areas:

  • Clinical tests for research purpose.  We use several IVD (in vitro diagnostics)-qualified instruments to provide clinical tests for research purpose.  These tests include Complete Blood Counts (CBC), HbA1c, clinical chemistry (e.g., CMP, lipid panel, Na, creatinine, etc), and clinically-relevant immunoassays (e.g., CRP, Cystatin, insulin, Vitamin B12, PTH, cortisol, etc).  CBC and clinical chemistry assays can also be used for animal studies.  
  • Biomarker Discovery.  Our "ELISA Center" and PCR-based Gene Lab test protein and gene biomarkers that are not provided in the clinical setting.
  • Specimen Processing.  We process samples for PBMC, DNA/RNA, lymphocyte EBV transformation, and other special purposes according to your protocol.