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Institutional Mother-Child Biobank

The Institutional Mother-Child Biobank's mandate is to support teams in their research efforts to develop new diagnostic and prevention strategies for the benefit of children with rare diseases.

Also, a section for pediatric cancers, which has existed for more than twenty-five years and whose expertise at CHU Sainte-Justine is recognized worldwide, has been integrated into the biobank.


  • Storage capacity of > 1 million samples at low temperature (-80°C)
  • > 70,000 samples at -190°C


  • Biomek i7 robotic station
  • 18 ultra-low temperature freezers including 4 with liquid nitrogen backup system
  • 4 cryogenic storage systems (Cryoplus 3)
  • Laboratory space of 290 m2 located in seismic block 9


  • DNA and RNA extractions
  • Preparation of PBMC
  • Preparation of plasma and serum
  • Aliquoting and storage of biospecimens (blood, saliva, urine, breast milk, tissue, other)


A quote will be prepared and sent to you within 72 hours.


Institutional Mother-Child Biobank Manager

Jocelyne Ayotte
514 345-4931, ext. 3774

Pediatric Cancer Section Manager

Thomas Sontag 
514 345-4931, ext. 3625

Advisor - precision health

Rose-Marie Brito
514 345-4931, ext. 3774

Specialized Technicians

Annie Bilodeau
514 345-4931, ext.2785

Amal Abdi
514 345-4931, ext. 2785

Guillaume Bourdel
514 345-4931, ext. 2785

William Gagnon
514 345-4931, ext. 2785


Dr. Jacques L. Michaud

Representative – Common platforms

Valerie Villeneuve
514 345-4931, ext. 2786

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Updated on 7/8/2024
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