How to Start

Collaborations with ARUP: How to Start and What to Expect

Connect with an ARUP faculty

We have over 90 University of Utah faculty members associated with ARUP (majority are faculty from the Dept of Pathology, but we also have faculty from the Dept of Pediatrics). In order to discuss your project in a meaningful way, the first step will be to get connected with an ARUP faculty who has common academic diagnostic interests with you.

ARUP faculty members.

Discuss the project, & present a technical seminar at ARUP

This can be coordinated by your ARUP faculty contact, or by Adam Barker, PhD ( You will get feedback from a broader audience within ARUP as to how your work may fit with ARUP, and a sense of what work remains for the technology (or the biomaker as case may be) to be used in a the diagnostic laboratory setting.

Joint studies

If there is a fit between your work and ARUP, we may move on to designing a collaborative study with you.

The study may include:

  • A clinical study to validate the analytical and/or medical performance of a test method, biomarker, or algorithm.
  • A proof-of-principle study of a device or method.
  • Design and validate an assay that could be implemented as a test at ARUP, as well as possibly at other diagnositc laboratories.

ARUP Resources Available

ARUP is an excellent resource for University of Utah faculty members seeking potential application for their work in the field of human diagnostics.

  • Customized test development and validation services
  • Large specimen collection (blood, urine, and tissue) with test data
  • Industry networks—ongoing projects and relationships with leading consortiums and companies in the diagnostic industry
  • More than two decades experience successfully supporting clinical trials
  • Laboratory testing for rare diseases
  • Pharmaceutical clinical development, including FDA submission of companion and complementary diagnostics
  • Strong client network, including many of the nation’s university teaching hospitals and children’s hospitals
  • Expertise in:
    • Anatomic pathology
    • Clinical pathology
    • Bioinformatics
    • Disease and mutation databases
    • Flow cytometry
    • High-resolution DNA melting
    • High-throughput gene sequencing
    • Integrated test results reporting
    • Laboratory automation and robotics
    • Mass spectrometry
    • Molecular diagnostics
    • Newborn screening
    • Next-generation sequencing
    • Real-time PCR
    • Translational research