About the CLASS Lab

The Central Ligand Assay Satellite Services (CLASS) laboratory is a unit of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Our purpose is to offer comprehensive support for clinical research projects throughout the entire process of gathering samples, storing them, and coordinating the assay of the desired analytes. We offer collection kit designs tailor-made to your research study, with tubes and components labeled clearly with barcoded labels and unique sample IDs. Once collected, samples can be processed and stored in one of our 51 on-site ultra-low freezers or in our liquid nitrogen freezer, where their temperatures will be monitored 24/7. When all of the samples are collected, we can complete any combination of 40 different routine assays on them. We currently offer testing using ELISA plates, an open channel chemistry analyzer, and a coagulation analyzer. Over the past 20 years the CLASS lab has performed more than 1.25 million individual assays, tracked more than a million samples, and produced more than one hundred thousand collection kits. You can be assured your samples are safe with us.

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