News

BC2 - Biospecimen Collection and Biobanking Core

We have very exciting news! As many of you know, the KTB is part of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC). There are many biobanks under the IUSCCC umbrella. In order to best serve their members, and to help eliminate redundancies among the various entities that currently collect sampl[...]

Continue reading >

KTB...123!

    ONE:Please join us and help support the work of the KTB by shopping for a cause! You can help fund our work while picking out some beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry for yourself or as a gift. Join in on the fun on Monday, October 18th from 5-8pm at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. If you wo[...]

Continue reading >

LifeOmic

LifeOmic is a healthcare IT startup focused on improving health and healthcare options and outcomes through sharing complex genomic data sets. LifeOmic’s platform is called the Precision Health Cloud (PHC). The KTB is working with LifeOmic and has uploaded the entire whole genome sequencing [...]

Continue reading >

Sanchita Bhatnagar Interview

The KTB is pleased to introduce you to Dr. Sanchita Bhatnagar, who requested and received KTB samples to work with in her lab at the University of Virginia.   Q: How did you find out about the Komen Tissue Bank, and why did it interest you? Komen Tissue Bank is very well known for its contrib[...]

Continue reading >

International Encyclopedia of Health Communication

The KTB is dedicated to doing our part to ensure that women of color are robustly represented in our samples. This task falls on Kathi Ridley Merriweather, who is hyper-focused on community outreach and recruitment to our clinical trial. Below is a recent encyclopedia entry written by Kathi, which[...]

Continue reading >

Longitudinal Study Sample Science-April 22nd

The Komen Tissue Bank will host a second edition of Sample Science, a virtual event, on April 22, 2021, at 5:00 pm EST. Join Dr. Rulla Tamimi, Chief of Epidemiology at Weill Cornell Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center. Dr. Tamimi will explain the importance of longitudinal studies to medical res[...]

Continue reading >

Recent Research with KTB samples

The following describes and explains (KTB lab scientist) Dr. Natascia Marino’s most recently published article, Upregulation of lipid metabolism genes in the breast prior to cancer diagnosis; Marino, et. al, 2020. For years, researchers have been looking for signs of changes in the breast th[...]

Continue reading >

The Komen Tissue Bank’s Virtual Tissue Bank Resource

The Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) is the only repository in the world for normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma and DNA. We are committed to making a difference by acting as advocates for thinking, sharing and understanding NORMAL.  A part of the KTB’s resources is the Virtual Tissue [...]

Continue reading >

Conversations About Race

  In response to the protests and racial unrest this summer, the KTB team came together as colleagues and as “family” and have started “Conversations on Race”, a series wherein the team gathers monthly to discuss a focused topic culled from many different media. The tu[...]

Continue reading >

KTB...ABC...123

  A is for Asher…Gena Asher, Consumer Advocate, that is. COVID required we pivot our goals temporarily from events and allowed us to focus on some projects that are just as important. Gena, one of our KTB Consumer Advocates, possesses formidable journalistic skills and has already prove[...]

Continue reading >

You're Invited to the KTB Sample Science Event

The Komen Tissue Bank is planning to host a virtual event to share current news and information about the KTB, collection events, our staff, etc. with our donors and volunteers. This event will be held on October 1st at 5 pm Eastern time. Please register in advance for this meeting: https://iu.zoom[...]

Continue reading >

KTB Lab Receives Exciting Deliveries from Qiagen

If you need definitions of terms you may find here, try opening our glossary. In June, thanks to the generous funding of the Peachey Prevention Fund and the Alana H. Weston-Matilda Jane Clothing Breast Cancer Research Fund at the IU Foundation (“Weston-Matilda Jane Fund”), the[...]

Continue reading >

We Are Nothing Without Our Researchers

THIS is why you donated tissue, or volunteered, or gave financial support, or requested samples, or supported us in-kind. This is why we are here. This is #ThePowerOfNormal. Would you like to meet some of our fabulous researchers, and hear a bit about the work they are doing with KTB samples? Read [...]

Continue reading >

Meet Our Trio of New KTB Consumer Advocates

For 14 years after she co-founded the Komen Tissue Bank, Connie Rufenbarger gave her all to the KTB as its Consumer Advocate. Connie was an advocate for the KTB like no other could be; she was everywhere doing everything she could do for us at all times. Connie has now decided to “retire&#82[...]

Continue reading >

KTB Scavenger Hunt

Test your knowledge and take this Komen Tissue Bank Social Media and Website quiz! Don’t worry… you can use your resources.   If you have not already, follow us (@KomenTissueBank) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and visit our website at https://komentissuebank.iu.edu/[...]

Continue reading >

KTB...ABC...123

  A is for... April. Our lovely Intern, April Giron, graduated this May with a degree in Public Health. April has spent two years with us, and we are proud of her and all of her hard work! April has followed up her graduation with a quiet courthouse wedding to her longtime boyfriend/fianc&#[...]

Continue reading >

What’s New? Komen Tissue Bank Happenings

  Indy KTB Collection Event is November 16th, 2019 Our final tissue collection event of 2019 will be held in Indianapolis on November 16th. This will likely be the last event held in our home location for about a year, as we are planning a Bloomington IN event for the spring of 2020. Donor [...]

Continue reading >


Ladies and Gentlemen…Here’s Pam!

  Meet Pam Rockey, Biospecimen Manager and newest member of the KTB Team Hello!  I’m very excited to be a part of the amazing work happening at KTB!  I am originally from Greenville, Illinois, but moved to Indianapolis for my first job after completing a master’s degr[...]

Continue reading >

KTB…A-B-C… 1-2-3!

A is for the Amelia Project. Researchers from around the Indiana area converged in Kokomo on March 23 to collaborate and hear about new breakthroughs in breast cancer research. We are very proud of our intern Ashley Vode, who presented our poster titled: KTB: Thinking, sharing and understanding [...]

Continue reading >

A Cancer Initiation Study Using Immunofluorescence

Notes from the KTB Lab Not at your best with scientific terminology? Don’t let that keep you from understanding. If any of our researchers’ vocabulary throws you for a loop, just click on this glossary to see if you can find a definition. In the search for new preventive st[...]

Continue reading >

What’s New? Komen Tissue Bank Happenings

In 2014, the KTB was fortunate to receive support for an Indianapolis tissue collection event from the Women’s Philanthropy initiative at the IU Foundation. The program, directed by IU’s First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie (pictured here between KTB COO Jill Henry, and KTB Executive Direct[...]

Continue reading >

This is Why You Give: Your Healthy Breast Tissue at Work

Thanks in part to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a major funder of the Komen Tissue Bank, an exciting new clinical trial is now open to patients with aggressive breast cancer. We are excited to share with you news of the opening of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial for metastatic triple negative b[...]

Continue reading >

The Road to a Longitudinal Study

Announcement! The Komen Tissue Bank has become a longitudinal study! What does that mean? According to WhatIs.com, a longitudinal study “ is an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same subjects repeatedly over a period of time. Longitudinal research projects can ex[...]

Continue reading >

Meet A Researcher Series – Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD

Interview with Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. of food Sciences and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Not at your best with scientific terminology? Don’t let that keep you from understanding. If any of our researchers’ vocabulary throws you f[...]

Continue reading >

KTB…A-B-C… 1-2-3!

In this 1,2,3 – A,B,C section we update you with several interesting pieces of KTB news as well as event notifications. ONE: The KTB is back in Indianapolis with back-to-back tissue collection events. The November 3, 2018 event at the Simon Cancer Center Woman’s Clinic was a wonder[...]

Continue reading >

Join the KTB on Social Media

Have you liked us on Facebook yet, or followed us on Twitter or Instagram? If you haven’t, please do so. Believe it or not, this is a quick and easy – not to mention cost effective – way to support the KTB.  Showing that we have a decent social media following can increase o[...]

Continue reading >

Introducing the KTB Early Life Questionnaire

Early-life characteristics such as childhood body shape, pubertal timing, and growth spurts are factors that have been previously identified as being related to a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer later in life. Now, several KTB researchers from different institutions have coll[...]

Continue reading >

The KTB “Welcomes” One of Its Own

Congratulations to Julia McCarty, newly promoted to the position of Events and Regulatory Coordinator. Julia replaces Amy Trullinger, who has moved to a different position within IU. It could be argued that Julia knows more about the KTB than any other staff member. She began during the Indy Supe[...]

Continue reading >

Natascia Marino Presents Poster at AACR 2018 Annual Meeting

In April, BCRF Investigator in Breast Cancer Research Natascia Marino, PhD, attended the American Association of Cancer Researchers (AACR) annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Marino, an Assistant Professor in the Hematology/Oncology Division at the Indiana University School of Medicine, works exclusiv[...]

Continue reading >

Meet Researchers Who Have Used KTB Samples

Interview with Bodhour Salhia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Translational Genomics, Keck School of Medicine of USC Q: How did you find out about the Komen Tissue Bank, and why did it interest you? Honestly, I leaned of the KTB from performing a google search while I was looking for plasma[...]

Continue reading >


The KTB will hold a tissue collection in the Phoenix area!

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the KTB will partner with Banner MC Anderson Cancer Center to hold a healthy breast tissue collection event in Gilbert, AZ.  All eilgible women are welcome to donate, but women who belong to minority groups are especially encouraged to attend.  If you are inte[...]

Continue reading >

Meet our Researchers

Allow us to introduce two of our researchers to you! First, meet Mark Powell MD, MPH.  Dr. Powell is Senior Researcher for Zero Breast Cancer, a scientific collaboration in San Rafael, CA, and is also Visiting Scientist at Buck Institute for Research on Aging Q: How did you find out[...]

Continue reading >

Cryostats and Microtomes and LN2 Tanks… Oh My!

Holy Moly, science geeks unite! It is raining exciting equipment over here in our lab. Well, we’re excited about it anyway, so we’d love to get you up to date so that you too can feel the thrill.  Through the wonderful generosity of some of our most loyal grantors, the KTB has rec[...]

Continue reading >