Human cells for research

Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping Shared Resource

Transforming cancer research through revolutionary science.

The Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) Shared Resource is the largest space dedicated to cancer research on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s campus. The overarching goal of the Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping Shared Resource (TEP) is to provide access to specialized technologies, cancer models, services, and expertise that enhance scientific interaction and productivity while aiding greater collaborations, stability, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and quality control. Our aim is to be a one-stop shop for advice, resources, and validation to support discovery or technology development with biological experiments and analyses.

TEP aspires to become a unique resource nationally by functioning as a “maker lab” for the development of novel tumor models for accurately simulating and improving our understanding of the structure, function and dynamics of tumors and their microenvironment.


  • To maintain state-of-the-art facilities for cell and tissue evaluation utilizing standardized protocols that are subject to strict quality control measures for both in vitro and in vivo studies,
  • To ensure rapid availability of novel pre-clinical in vitro tissue cultures and in vivo tumor models for drug screening, toxicity, mechanobiology, and mechanistic studies using emerging fabrication techniques, including 3D printing, as required by the CCIL investigators,
  • To train students and scholars in experiments utilizing the TEP and to provide expert guidance in experimental design and analysis pipeline to maximize the cost-benefit ratio.

Work with TEP

  • Custom Codeset or Panel – 25% Off through Oct. 31September 14, 2020

    The Cancer Center at Illinois is pleased to announce that its Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) Shared Resource now has the NanoString nCounter SPRINT Profiler available to CCIL members and other campus users. This NanoString Profiler provides panels that typically have 770 genes, yielding a complete picture of a specific area of biology. Additionally, it […]

  • Open for Research: CCIL’s TEP Shared Resource Offers Variety of Lab ServicesSeptember 1, 2020

    The Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) Shared Resource, a laboratory located at the University of Illinois, is now providing a variety of research services. The Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) laboratory offers researchers a dedicated space to access specialized technologies, resources, and expertise. BSL2 labs follow strict safety protocols and have specialized equipment to allow personnel […]

  • CCIL & Beckman Institute Receive NIH Grant for Dedicated Cancer Research Lab at IllinoisOctober 30, 2019

    The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) received $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a dedicated cancer research laboratory. The Tissue Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) project includes the construction of a state-of-the-art facility for cell and […]