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Overview of Services

The UCSF VIable Tissue Acquisition Lab (VITAL) Core is designed to improve access for academic scientific researchers interested in human biology to de-identified deceased-donor tissues in order to better characterize both immune and non-immune cell human biology, using a range of advanced techniques including but not limited to “multi-omics” approaches like single-cell RNA sequencing, CITE-seq, and ATAC-seq. This project also aims to improve utilization of deceased-donor research tissues in an effort consistent with donors’ wishes that their donation might be used to advance meaningful scientific research. 


Name Title Email
James Gardner Director 
Kailyss Freeman Assistant 

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location
Monday-Friday 8-5
Parnassus Campus



Name Role Phone Email Location
Kailyss Freeman