Biobehavioral Laboratory

The state-of-the-art Biobehavioral Laboratory within the UR School of Nursing provides comprehensive, reliable Dried-Blood Spot (DBS) analysis that gives multidisciplinary investigators biomarker data to inform and advance their work.

DBS analysis is a minimally-invasive, cost-effective method that enables scientists to retrieve biomarker information from a single drop of blood. The lab also provides consultation and support to scientists in sample collection and interpretation.

The lab – certified as a BSL2 facility – is available for researchers to use for research studies.

Contact Sue Groth, director, to learn more.

What we offer

  • Expert consultation on the best methods of DBS sample collection and storage (based on populations and research focus), study goals, necessary applications, and cost
  • Protocols for analytes HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglycerides, interleukin-6, interleukin -1 beta, C-reactive protein
  • Creation of new assays as requested
  • Reliable, comprehensive data analysis of collected samples
  • Assistance and support with data interpretation
  • A finalized dataset of biomarkers upon completion
  • Long-term, secure, freezer storage of samples for future analysis

Behavioral Lab space is also available for researchers and includes:

      • Two rooms furnished and ready to be used by researchers, including audio/video equipment
      • Central space between the two rooms to observe, capture audio/video
      • A great space for focus groups, interviews, small groups, etc.

Why Dried-Blood Spot (DBS) Analysis?

  • Samples can be collected by non-clinical staff in a non-clinical setting, making it easier to collect from large, more diverse and representative populations
  • Reliable DBS technology and analysis opens up exciting new ways to integrate biomarkers into behavioral research and enables scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the pathways of disease
  • Molecular biomarkers give investigators information about the presence, progression and risks of human diseases and conditions, and have multiple applications in population-based, epidemiological research
  • Samples are easy to transport, and can be shipped at ambient temperatures through regular mail service
  • Multiple measurements can be taken from the same set of samples. Long-term high-grade freezer storage ensures the integrity of samples
  • Collection is less costly than obtaining venous blood samples
  • Sample collection requires a virtually painless, one-time finger prick in contrast to numerous venous blood draws
  • There is no need for study participants to travel to phlebotomy labs; DBS collection can be done by study staff or participants themselves wherever it is convenient


The Biomolecular Laboratory is located on the fourth floor of the UR School of Nursing’s Helen Wood Hall. To learn more about the lab and its services, contact:

Susan W. Groth
Director, Biomolecular Laboratory
Associate Professor

University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue, BOX SON
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-8895