What we do

The Cryobiology Laboratory Stem Cell Facility supports the National Adult Stem Cell Transplant programme at St. James’s Hospital and the Irish Unrelated Donor Bone Marrow Programme.

The Cryobiology laboratory is situated in a GMP clean room facility leased from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service in the National Blood Centre. It is the laboratory component of the St James's Hospital Tissue Establishment (TE) and supports the National Adult Stem Cell Transplant Programme in the Hospital. 

The Cryobiology Laboratory as part of the Tissue Establishment holds a tissue licence from the Irish Medicines Board to collect, process and store haemopoietic stem cells from bone marrow, mobilised peripheral blood stem cells and donor lymphocytes.

Haemopoietic stem cell products from patients (Autologous) and from donors (Allogeneic) are processed in the Cryobiology Laboratory. Allogeneic products are generally issued for immediate transplant and autologous products cryopreserved and stored in vapour phase liquid nitrogen for later directed usage.



Contact Details

Postal Address:
Cryobiology Laboratory Stem Cell Facility, 
National Blood Center,
St. James Hospital, 
Dublin 8

Phone: (01) 428 4460
Fax: (01) 416 2705









Chief Medical Scientist

Dr. Nicola Gardiner

 (01) 416 2707

Quality Manager 

Sinead Cronnolly

 (01) 428 4179

TE Medical Director/Responsible Person


Dr Patrick Hayden

(01) 428 4887


Consultant Speciality (directorate) Email Telephone & fax

Referral Procedures

A patient requiring referral to the Laboratory for processing must be referred through the haematology clinical team.   Please click here for details of the clinical haematology service.

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