University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)


April 2016 - UPCI Cytometry Facility is now on FluoroFinder

FluoroFinder is a free flow cytometry resource that can be used to streamline the panel design process on your favorite cytometer. FluoroFinder can help to save time on experimental design, can expand your current flow experiments, and can reduce costs from wasted reagents.

A few features include:

  • 147,000 different products from 20 companies in FluoroFinder’s database to choose from
  • Over 350 fluorochromes matched to the UPCI Cytometry Facility’s cytometer profiles
  • A virtual lab notebook to record notes on how well your panel worked
  • A sharing option to send panels directly to your colleagues or lab manager for ordering

To get started, you can access all of UPCI’s cytometers here. For a quick walk through of the panel building process, watch this YouTube video.


March 2016 - Now Available from TARPS: Paraffin Tissue Microarrays (TMAs) Generated from TCGA Cases

Tissue microarrays (TMAs) represent a relatively high-throughput tool that enables the analysis of hundreds of unique tissue samples simultaneously. This method significantly reduces inter-sample variability as well as the amount of time, tissue, and reagents required as compared with conventional marker screening methods.

UPCI Tissue and Research Pathology Services (TARPS) now offers a Paraffin Translational Tissue Resource (PTRR), which includes already developed and partially annotated TMAs from cancer cases provided by the University of Pittsburgh to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project. This resource is available to faculty research investigators of the University of Pittsburgh who have eligible cancer research needs. Learn more about these TMAs and how to request slides.

September 2015 - Pitt Box Now Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage now provides unlimited cloud storage for all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff.

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March 2015 - UPCI Mourns the Loss of UPCI Council Member and Supporter Sally Levin

Sally LevinSally Levin, the matriarch of the family who transformed a single store in Mount Pleasant – Levin Furniture – into the largest furniture retailer in the region, died Saturday of colon cancer. She was 88.

Born May 29, 1926, Mrs. Levin was the daughter of Janet and Hyman Marchel, a shoe salesman in Mount Pleasant. She attended public school in Connellsville and Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she majored in history.

After graduating in 1947, Mrs. Levin sold women's clothing at the former Saks Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, then moved to Mount Pleasant after marrying Leonard Levin in 1949. While also helping to raise the couple's five children, Mrs. Levin began working in the family's original furniture store. Alongside her husband, she oversaw every aspect of the family business, from writing ad copy to attending furniture markets and serving as interior decorator at the store, including designing and decorating elaborate window displays that became a part of the town's Christmas tradition.

The Levins were generous philanthropists throughout Western Pennsylvania. Mrs. Levin was inspired to join the UPCI Council as one of its original members following her own lymphoma diagnosis and the death of her husband from complications of lung cancer. She had also lost both parents and a brother to the disease, and viewed her service on the UPCI Council as a way of giving back in the spirit of helping others affected by cancer.

In 2012, Mrs. Levin's children established the Sally M. Levin Endowed Fund for Innovative Cancer Research at UPCI to celebrate her accomplishments, both as a businesswoman and a cancer survivor. Created as a major legacy gift, the funds provide seed money towards innovative cancer research projects led by investigators with original ideas. The fund is especially helpful to young investigators at the start of their careers, as it supports preliminary studies that enable them to compete for large federal grants.

In addition to her contributions to UPCI, Mrs. Levin was a generous supporter of the arts and education. She was a charter member of the Westmoreland County Museum of Art from 1970 to 1976, served on the Mount Pleasant school board, and contributed generously to the Mount Pleasant Library. She was also a major donor to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, City Theatre, the Carnegie Museum, and the Carnegie Library.

She was also a benefactor of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, and served on the board of Jewish Residential Services where she was active in the development of the Howard Levin Clubhouse, named after her son. The program gives mentally ill adults opportunities to practice social skills that can help them find and keep a job.

Mrs. Levin is survived by her brother, Jack Marchel, and by four of her children: Janet, Ann, Robert and Rachel Levin. She was preceded in death by her husband and by her son Howard.

The funeral will be private. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held later this year. Contributions can be made to the Sally M. Levin Endowed Fund for Innovative Cancer Research at UPCI (412-623-4700;; or the Sally Levin Fund for the Howard Levin Clubhouse in care of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh (234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).

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