Cancer Animal Models

The function of the Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource is to assist investigators in the development, characterization and analysis of appropriate animal models for cancer research.

The Cancer Animal Models facility assists investigators in developing and analyzing appropriate animal models for cancer research, and as such it plays an important role in translating research discoveries into potential treatments.  Currently, the major emphasis and expertise of the facility lies in genetically engineered mouse models.

Xenogen IVIS Spectrum: pre-clinical optical imaging system

The IVIS® Spectrum Series imaging system is PerkinElmer’s leading pre-clinical optical imaging system combining high throughput and full tomographic optical imaging in one. The platform harnesses a novel patented optical imaging technology to facilitate non-invasive longitudinal monitoring of disease progression, cell trafficking and gene expression patterns in living animals. The combination of exquisitely sensitive bioluminescence detection and fluorescence tunability combined with near infrared (NIR) optimized illumination offers the industry’s most proficient system to detect small sources deep in the animal.

Service Highlights

Services include:

  • Consultations on experimental design, analysis and grant preparation.
  • Full-service colony management, genotyping and database updates.
  • Full monitoring and analysis for tumor development including weekly body weight measurements, tumor burden scoring and general health status monitoring.
  • Complete necropsy and tissue collection for histology (OCT, formalin fixed), as well as biochemical analysis (RNA, DNA, whole tissue).
  • High quality image capture (brightfield) of tumors and tissues from animal models.
  • Generation of cell lines from mouse models and tumor tissues. Production of primary Murine Embryonic Fibroblast (MEF) cell lines is standard in the laboratory. Other cell types/lines can be generated upon request.
  • Cranial window surgery.
  • Advice and assistance with IACUC applications.

Service Pricing

Service Base Rate Non-Academic Rate
Tissue Biopsy Collection $3 $4
DNA Purification $4 $7
PCR Screening $7 $10
Cranial Window $59 $91
Colony Maintenance $50 $78
Set Up Breeding Pairs $6 $10
Weaning Animals $11 $17
Drug Admin / Application $4 $6
Weigh Animals (health status) $3 $4
Tissue Necropsy $50 $78
IVIS Imaging $30 $47
Contract Services $63 $98

The Emory University School of Medicine is adopting the PPMS core management system to allow investigators to access core services, while streamlining administration and billing. We now use the PPMS for managing all Cancer Animal Models services. For new service requests, please log in to PPMS and submit your project.

Photo of  Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD
Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD

Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD

Director, Cancer Animal Model Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Gilbert-Ross is Director of the Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource, which assists Winship Cancer Institute members in the development, characterization and analysis of animal models for cancer research.

Contact Information

Laboratory Staff:
Walter "Guy" Wiles IV
Research Specialist, Lead
Phone: (404) 712-8371
Fax: (404) 712-8373

Emory Clinic
1365B Clifton Road, Suite 3200
Atlanta, GA 30322

Please acknowledge the Core Facility in all publications as follows:
Research reported in this publication was supported in part by the Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource, a core supported by the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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