Welcome to the Research Cell Bank!

The Research Cell Bank (RCB) is a contract service laboratory in the Human Immunogenetics Program of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. RCB is a qualified, experienced research facility that has been actively engaged in clinical research through B-lymphoblastoid cell (B-LCL) transformation and maintenance, DNA extraction, and inventory control for more than 30 years.  During this time the laboratory has supported the T1DGC (Type I Diabetes Genetic Consortium) as the North America (NA) DNA Repository, the stem cell transplant program at Fred Hutchinson as the biorepository for patient, donor and family member samples, and the HLA community at large as the 13th International Histocompatibility Working Group (IHWG).

The RCB also operates two unique biorepositories. Transplant Genomics is a centralized repository of frozen blood cells, DNA and other reagents derived from hematopoetic cell transplant (HCT) patients, donors, family members and selected volunteer donors. To date, reagents from more than 20,000 participants reside in the inventory and are regularly distributed throughout the Fred Hutch community. The International HLA Reference Standards repository contains samples used during previous international histocompatibility workshops that are now available through the RCB as control and/or reference genes and alleles. These samples are ordered from a locally maintained website ( and invoiced through the RCB. More than 12,000 reagents have been distributed to researchers throughout the world.

The RCB provides cell banking services to researchers at Fred Hutch and for several NIDDK and NIH multi-center studies as well as a variety of services including cell processing and DNA preparation on a contractual basis.The laboratory is staffed by Clinical Research Division technicians using equipment, supplies, reagents and laboratory space on the 2nd floor of the Thomas Building at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.