Central Biorepository Spotlight: COVID-19 Research

SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to Define Viral Spread on College Campuses

The SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to Define Viral Spread on College Campuses study partners with the Central Biorepository, a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, which facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical and translational research.

The unit receives biospecimens and data from U-M contributors and collaborators across a spectrum of medical research. These samples, annotated with clinical and research data, are accessible to members of the U-M research enterprise.

Types of Biospecimens

The CBR assists with aliquotting and storage of residual respiratory specimens used in clinical testing for COVID-19


1,500 participants and counting!

These samples come from both the campus community and the patient population of Michigan Medicine.

phylogenetic time tree of covid-19 sequences obtained through michigan medicine microbiology, CBR, and Lauring lab
The image above highlights a phylogenetic tree of SARS-CoV-2 sequences from U-M and Washtenaw County.


The Central Biorepository enables access to thousands of COVID-19 residual biospecimens from Michigan Medicine patients and offers secure linkage to laboratory and clinical data offered by the Data Office.

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Photo of Adam Lauring
"This project has given us a window into how SARS-CoV-2 spreads through a community. Our recent work has focused on using sequence data to assist with contact tracing and containment of new viral variants." - Adam Lauring, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.

SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to Define Viral Spread on College Campuses

Dr. Lauring's lab is performing high throughput sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 using samples collected through community surveillance and clinical testing. Using viral genome sequences, the lab is trying to define how SARS-CoV-2 spreads on college campuses and to understand the degree to which viruses move back and forth between the campus and the surrounding community.



Contact us at CBR.Requests@umich.edu or (734) 647-8809 

Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, M-F 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 60-1661, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

A list of Central Biorepository contacts is available in the Personnel Directory