Live Tumor Culture Core

Overview of Services

The goal of the Live Tumor Culture Core (LTCC) is to provide to the research community:

  • Primary normal human cell lines
  • Primary human tumor cell lines
  • Custom media
  • Viably preserved tumor cell ready for establishing cell lines

Standard cell culture systems are only able to generate new cell lines in less than 1% of human tumors. We have developed a new technology that improves this greatly to a success rate of more than 90% over a wide range of tissues.
We anticipate sixty-one highly characterized and validated primary human and engineered cell lines to be available and will be added along with additional tissue types and cell lines as they become available.


Scientific Director

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Phone: (305) 243-1782




Shalini Hayes

Phone: (305) 243-4608



Media Preparation and Cell Line Expansion

Michelle Jones, B.A.

Phone: (305) 243-2932



SunHwa Hong, Ph.D.

Phone: (305) 243-2932



Location and Hours of Operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM      

Biomedical Research Building

1501 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

Links and Resources

  1. University of Miami Core Website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Shalini Hayes
Core Administrator
(305) 243-4608
Biomedical Research Buildiing

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