Overview of Services

BioVU is the Vanderbilt biobank of DNA extracted from discarded blood collected during routine clinical testing and linked to de-identified clinical and demographic data within the Synthetic Derivative (SD). This resource has accrued ~288,000 DNA samples, ~19,000 of which are from pediatric patients, linked to the SD. This goal of this resource is to enable exploration of the relationships among genetic variation, disease susceptibility, and variable drug responses, and represent a key first step in moving the emerging sciences of genomics and pharmacogenomics from research tools to clinical practice. 


BioVU is:

  • Large scale, including minority and rare disease populations, containing ~300,000 unique DNA samples
  • Ready for use, avoids the costly and time-consuming accrual of patients into prospectively defined cohorts
  • Reviewed rapidly, due to the IRB designated non-human subjects status
  • EMR-derived, enabling real-world phenotypes to be derived electronically in a highly cost-efficient manner
  • Rich in clinical narratives, and natural language processing methods provide rapid clarity regarding phenotype accuracy
  • Robust, because the data are longitudinal, and every year more data are accumulated
  • Unbiased, in that all diseases are included, in contrast to most clinical trials that exclude individuals with complex comorbidities or elderly patients
  • Contains known patient medications, enabling associations between genetic variation to drug-responses


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.             


Vanderbilt University Medical Center  

Links and Resources

BioVU Information - For VU/VUMC Investigators

BioVU Public Site


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.