Trans-NIH Mouse Initiative


Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers

The mission of the NIDDK-sponsored Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers, ( is to advance medical and biological research by providing the scientific community with standardized, high quality metabolic and physiologic phenotyping services for mouse models of diabetes, diabetic complications, obesity and related disorders.

The four Centers are housed at outstanding academic institutions, staffed by experts in state-of-the-art technology. Researchers can ship mice to a Center and obtain on a fee-for-service basis a range of complex exams used to characterize mouse metabolism, blood composition including hormones, energy balance, eating and exercise, organ function and morphology, physiology and histology. Many tests are done in living animals and are designed to elucidate the subtle to complex traits that would define models of metaboic disease.

Centers:   University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Director: Patrick Tso, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Director: Craig malloy, M.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Director: David Wasserman, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Director: Gerald Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

NIH Program Contact:
Maren R. Laughlin, Ph.D.
Director, Metabolism Program
6707 Democracy Blvd, Rm. 6101, MSC 5460
Bethesda, MD 20892-5460
301-594-8802 voice
301-480-3503 FAX