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Biobanking Resource Laboratory

Our goals are to:
To provide support for the research-related biobanking needs of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.
To promote standardization across the biobanks within the institute and increase their exposure in their respective fields of research.


  • Access to Smart-Vue Monitoring system
  • Temperature recordings and alarms
  • Access to barcoding/labeling and scanning system:
    • 2D barcode rack scanner
    • Brady BBP33 Labeler
    • Handheld scanner
  • Access and training to secure Freezerworks sample management system (server)
  • Biobanking Ethics expertise


Josée Wong, MSc
Coordinator for the Snyder Biobanking Resource Laboratory

Key Areas of Research

Our participating biobanks are active in the following areas of research:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Intestinal diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Sepsis/Infection
  • Traumatic brain injury

Select Publications

  • Development of metabolic and inflammatory mediator biomarker phenotyping for earlydiagnosis and triage of pediatric sepsis. Crit Care. 2015 Sep 9;19:320.
  • Corticosteroid-induced gene expression in allergen-challenged asthmatic subjects taking inhaled budesonide. Br J Pharmacol 2012; 165: 1737-47.

Core Personnel

Josée Wong, MSc
Coordinator for the Snyder Biobanking Resource Laboratory

Josée Wong is the coordinator for the Snyder Biobanking Resource Laboratory. She has a Master’s in Neuroscience from McGill University and over 15 years experience managing research activities in a wide range of research fields. In recent years, Ms Wong has been intimately involved in the creation and maintenance of the ICU-based biobank (CCEPTR) and the Airway disease biobank (BRAD). She has also attended a number of workshops on biobanking ethics, governance, and best practices. Ms Wong is taking the skills and knowledge of that experience to offer support to faculty needing secure and systematic cataloguing of human samples for research.

Specialization / Applications

  • Freezerworks
  • RedCap
  • Ethics application
  • Biobank Governance
  • Liaison with CLS, AHS analytics

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.