The CTRU supports a variety of services in multiple locations, from bedside nursing to specimen processing, in support of the Stanford research community.

Laboratory Services

Advanced Specimen Processing

The CTRU laboratory staff offers complex and study-specific specimen processing for a wide variety of biospecimens. We also provide shipping services for over 350 active clinical trials across CTRU’s BSL-2+ certified labs. Our lab staff is highly skilled at handling simple to elaborate specimen processing for time-sensitive samples and has been trained for specimen handling and documentation procedures within a PHI safe environment. Our lab staff receives specimens from the CTRU clinic as well as other Stanford clinics and is also available for custom analyses and budget-inquiry consultations.

Laboratory Research Facility:

  • Rapid and Advanced BSL2 and BLS2+ laboratories
    • Biosafety Cabinets
    • Refrigerated Centrifuges
  • Research-grade diagnostic tests
    • Horiba CBC with DIFF, CRP, and HCT
    • Nova Clinical Chemistry, Glucose, Hgb
    • Siemen’s Hemoglobin A1C
    • CLIA-waived Urine Pregnancy testing
  • Research Courier Services: sample pickup and delivery to selected locations
  • Short-term sample management
    • -80C Freezers
    • Liquid Nitrogen Freezers
    • -20 C and +4 C
  • Long-term sample management with Stanford Biobank
  • Isolation for various derivatives from several biospecimen types
  • Extraction for PBMCs and specialized cells from blood
  • Isolation of DNA and RNA from human biospecimen

Manager Contact

Tiffany Nguyen
Lab Services Manager


Clinical Services

Multi-Disciplinary Research Care

The CTRU team (nurses, clinical staff, medical assistants, and phlebotomists) is highly specialized in supporting complex clinical research programs. This staff provides care to research participants in a state-of-the-art outpatient facility. CTRU nurses deliver exceptional care and are trained to follow patient care research protocols; make complex, research-related observations; perform accurate collection of specimens; and collect applicable research-related data and document treatment.

Ambulatory Care Research Facility:

  • 16 patient bays
  • Four hospital beds
  • Three pediatric study rooms
  • Exam room
  • Consultation rooms
  • Isolation rooms
  • Observation room
  • Dietary research kitchen

Manager Contact

Rich Brotherton
Research Nurse Manager

Phlebotomy Services

Biospecimen Collections

The CTRU team specializes in diverse specimen collections including complex blood draws, urine, saliva, stool, and much more. The CTRU team works with pediatric and adult research participants and can collect samples for CLIA testing.

Phlebotomy Research Facilities:

  • 800 Welch Road, Palo Alto
  • 1070 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
  • 430 Broadway, Redwood City

Manager Contact

Rich Brotherton
Research Nurse Manager