Research Tissue Support Service (RTSS)

Research and Tissue Support Services (RTSS) provides services for faculty and staff to fulfill the requirements to their approved basic, translational and clinical research protocols at Texas Children’s Hospital, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and other affiliated institutions.

The RTSS Core follows the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) established guidelines and has more than ten years of experience in biorepository services of obtaining, processing, cataloging, storing and distributing biological specimens for research use. The RTSS Core members have many years of experience in the fields of biobanking, cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and education.

The RTSS Core Laboratory provides a wide variety of services, including biorepository, biochemical and cell biology procedures, cell culture, dry ice, LN2, CO2 support, rent-a-bench, consultation, and biological material shipping.

Operating procedures

Project billing outline

SOP for registering your study and bringing samples into RTSS for processing


RTSS Service Request Form
Note: You will be directed to the Clinical Research Resources Website. If it’s the first time, you will need to register by clicking on ‘New user? Register here’.

RTSS Tissue Identification Form

For same day shipping, samples must be in the lab by 4 pm.
For shipment by FedEx, not processed by RTSS, there is a 5 pm deadline.

Hours of Operation Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Location and mailing address
Research Tissue Support Service (RTSS)(Non-Tissue Mail Only)
Feigin Tower
1102 Bates Ave., Ste. 1130.11
Houston, TX 77030