CHiiPs Immunomonitoring Lab (IML)

About the IML Core Lab

The Immunomonitoring Laboratory (IML) was established in March 2014 within the Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs (CHiiPs) through funding provided by the Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, the Dean of the School of Medicine and Chairs of Medicine, Pathology and Immunology, Radiation Oncology and Surgery/Head of the Siteman Cancer Center.


The IML provides the structure, instrumentation and expertise to monitor the impact of specific immunotherapies on human and mouse immunologic profiles, interrogate mechanisms and pathways related to treatment protocols and advance the conceptual basis for targeted treatment strategies. The IML works closely with the Tissue Procurement Center (TPC) to access clinical samples.

Primary Objectives

  • To conduct assays and provide expertise to support efforts in the areas of human and mouse immunology and immunotherapy (bench to bedside).
  • To explore new basic mechanisms derived from analysis of immune mediated diseases and immunotherapy (bedside to bench).
  • To synergize with other Washington University Centers and Programs to investigate novel roles of immunity in disease processes.
  • To harmonize assay procedures across Immunomonitoring shared resources.


  • Produce custom human and murine MHC I tetramers (service to be offered in 2016)
  • Conjugate mAbs and tetramers with metal-containing polymer tags or fluorophores
  • Provide single and multiple cytokine analyses from serum, plasma, cell culture supernatants or other fluids
  • Perform lymphocyte functional assays
  • Promote identification of new biomarkers for translational research
  • Develop barcoding panels for immunophenotype analysis of patient samples
  • Identify unique cellular components/subsets and map interrelated signaling networks
  • Track distinct cellular populations in samples following identification by barcoding
  • Provide tetramer staining and instrumentation support for Immunoassay laboratory

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location


Monday - Friday     

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM     

425 S. Euclid Avenue

7th Floor, BJC Institute of Health

St. Louis, MO 63110

Links and Resources

  1. IML Core Lab site
  2. Siteman Cancer Center Shared Resources
  3. Hybridoma Center Monoclonal Antibody Development Core


Name Role Phone Email Location
Olga Malkova, M.S.
Lead Cytometry Scientist
(314) 747-4277
BJCIH 7105
Diane Bender, Ph.D.
Lead Immunoassay Scientist
(314) 747-4278
BJCIH 7107
Tammi Vickery
Staff Scientist
(314) 747-4278
BJCIH 7107
Likui Yang, Ph.D.
Tetramers Scientist
(314) 747-4278
BJCIH 7107
Roderick Lin
Sr. Research Technician
(314) 747-4277
BJCIH 7105
Rosie Betz
Sr. Research Technician
(314) 747-4277
BJCIH 7105

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