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Animal Models Core

Core Director: Tim R. Nagy, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Phone: (205) 934-4088
Assistant Core Directors: Daniel Smith, PhD (Transgenic Mouse Subcore)
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Phone: (205) 934-4086

Stephen Watts, PhD (Aquatic Animal Models Subcore)
Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (205) 934-2405
Contact Information: Maria S. Johnson, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Phone: (205) 934-4008


Purpose of the Core

The Animal Models Core (AMC) provides specialized expertise in the use of animal models and state-of-the-art instrumentation to facilitate animal research related to nutrition and obesity. The AMC is a unique resource for investigators with services and resources offered not available elsewhere on campus.

The Specific Aims of the Core are:

  1. To provide expertise in the use of animals models for nutrition/obesity research;
  2. To provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology for the determination of energy balance (food intake, energy expenditure, activity, and core body temperature);
  3. To provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology for the determination of body composition (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, quantitative magnetic resonance, and microcomputed tomography);
  4. To provide cost-efficient services to Core users; and 
  5. To promote interactions among investigators and to provide training in animal models and phenotyping methods.


Subcores Supported by Animal Models Core :