COVID-19 Biobank

Supporting Researchers Working on the Novel Virus


The COVID-19 Biobank will initially be collecting specimens from inpatients who have tested positive or are showing signs consistent with COVID-19.

Request specimens from the bank through the CCTS Service Request Formselect "Biospecimens" and then select the "COVID19 Biobank".

COVID-19 illustration

The CCTS has partnered with many areas across the UK to develop a COVID-19 Biobank. Partners include,  but are not limited to, Markey Cancer Center, UKHC Clinical Laboratory, the Department of Internal Medicine, Divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and many faculty members.



The informed consent process for the COVID-19 Biobank is handled remotely via Redcap. This video provides instructions for the remote consent process. 





Information about the general CCTS Biobank is available here


In the News
Title Card for "The Rebound Kentucky: Relieve, Respond, Revive

The CCTS COVID-19 Biobank was recently featured on LEX18's Rebound Kentucky series. 

COVID-19 Biobank Team

COVID-19 News from the CCTS

  • Dr. Lovoria Williams
    • Sep 10 2020

    Lovoria Williams, Ph.D., co-director of integrated special populations for the CCTS and associate professor in the College of Nursing, is collaborating with faith communities to address these health disparities among minority and medically underserved populations in both Appalachia and predominately African American communities in Lexington.

  • Hunter Moseley, PhD
    • Aug 26 2020

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $1,163,869 grant to the University of Kentucky to develop new state-of-the-art metabolomics data analysis tools that will derive new data, knowledge and interpretation from the active metabolic state of organisms and ecosystems with broad biological and biomedical applications.

  • The COBRE grant will support four early career researchers, top: Carrie Shaffer, Gluck Equine Research Center, and Martha Grady, College of Engineering, bottom: Samuel G. Awuah, College of Arts & Sciences, and Vincent Venditto, College of Pharmacy.
    • Aug 4 2020

    Jon Thorson and UK were recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study translational chemical biology from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant will fund UK's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation.