Core Facilities

The DRTC provides important scientific resources to Center members and to the entire Vanderbilt and VUMC community.


Listed below are the facilities DRTC currently supports. We encourage members to utilize the extensive network of Shared Resources and Core Facilities managed by VU and VUMC, some of which are highlighted on our Resources page. The price for a DRTC Core service is determined by the DRTC working with the Office of Research. This price may change so please contact the DRTC Core Director for the current price.


Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core

Managing Director: Dale Edgerton, PhD

The Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core (ASC) offers sensitive, reproducible, and inexpensive analysis of hormones, catecholamines, amino acids, stable isotopes, purine nucleotides, and markers of oxidative stress and inflammation.

  link icon  ASC website


Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR)

Managing Director: Jenny Schafer, PhD

The CISR provides researchers with access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment and expert technical support for sophisticated microscopy and analysis of tissue and cellular anatomy and physiology.

Test tubes

Islet Procurement & Analysis (IPA) Core

Director: Marcela Brissova, PhD

The IPA Core provides islet isolation, phenotyping, and functional characterization for VDRC researchers using state-of-the-art, standardized procedures and equipment.


Metabolic Physiology Shared Resource (MPSR)

Director: Kevin Niswender, MD, PhD

The MPSR assists investigators wishing to address hypotheses related to diabetes physiology and metabolism, including rat models of diabetes and its complications.

Drawing of DNA

Genome Editing Resource

Director: Mark Magnuson, PhD

The Vanderbilt Genome Editing Resource (VGER) assists VDRC investigators in generating, maintaining, and storing germline-altered mice.