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Scientific Cores and Services

The TNPRC maintains a variety of resources to enable research requiring nonhuman primates. These research resources are maintained within existing research divisions.

Bacteriology & Parasitology

Pathology service support is provided to the Center's clinical veterinary staff as part of our colony surveillance program. The Division also furnishes support in each of these areas to staff scientists within other divisions at the Center as well as to collaborating scientists from around the world.

Diagnostic Parasitology
Vector-Borne Diseases Core
DNA Microarray & Expression Core
Enzootic Pathogens Survey

Comparative Pathology

The Division of Comparative Pathology has a significant service commitment to the Center, and these service functions can be divided into four major areas:

Necropsy & Biopsy
Clinical Pathology
Molecular Pathology
Confocal Microscopy & Image Analysis

Regenerative Medicine

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are a subset of adult stem cells from bone marrow or adipose tissue. These cells are of medical and therapeutic interest because they have been shown to differentiate into osteoblasts, adipocytes, chondrocytes, myocytes, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and neurons. Due to their inherent plasticity, these cells have the potential to be useful for the treatment of a large number of genetic diseases. The Mesenchymal Stem Cell Production Core Facility (SCPC) focuses on generation, maintenance and distribution of nonhuman primate MSCs. We routinely prepare MSCs from rhesus macaque bone marrow and adipose tissue samples.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC)


The Division of Immunology has a significant service commitment to the Center. These service functions can be divided into two major cores:

Flow Cytometry Core (FCC)
Immunology Core (IM)


The Division of Microbiology maintains two service cores to support the clinical staff and investigators that use the resources of the TNPRC. These are:

Infectious Disease Aerobiology Core
Pathogen Detection and Quantification Core (PDQC)
Virus Characterization, Isolation, and Production Core (VCIP)

Veterinary Medicine

The Division of Veterinary Medicine has a significant service commitment to the Center, and these service functions can be divided into four major areas:

Animal Colony Management & Care
Animal Resources
Preventive Medicine
Surveillance, Diagnosis, Treatment & Control of Animal Diseases
Environmental Enrichment
Animal Resource Allocation
Serum Bank
Breeding Colony Management
Clinical Imaging
Surgical Support
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Core
Timed Breeding Program