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A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Pharmacology Core Facility

Scientific Co-Directors: Mark J. Ratain, MD, and Michael Maitland, MD, PhD
Technical Directors: Jacqueline Ramírez, MS (Analytical Unit) and Matthew Levine, BBA (Biofluids Unit)

The Pharmacology Core Facility provides comprehensive lab services to support investigators conducting clinical and preclinical drug development studies. The Facility’s Analytical Unit measures drug concentrations in patient specimens from clinical trials, and analyzes and models pharmacologic data.  The Biofluids Unit integrates research phlebotomy, sample processing for studies requiring multiple and time-sensitive sampling, urine collection, sample storage, and tracking and archiving resources. The Pharmacology Core Facility complements the existing Human Tissue Resource Center (HTRC) and developing Epidemiology and Research Recruitment Core (ERRC) to provide a full range of consenting, biobanking, and analytic services.


  • Development and implementation of analytical assays for measurement of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids
  • Pharmokinetic study design and writing assistance for clinical protocols
  • Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic analysis
  • Research phlebotomy and intravenous cannulation
  • Sample processing and urine collection
  • Specimen storage, tracking, and shipping
  • Research-related electrocardiograms on sponsor-provided machines