Animal Physiology Core

The Animal Physiology Core provides pediatric researchers with services and equipment to develop and characterize animal models relevant to investigating pediatric diseases.


Acute and survival surgery for rats and mice, as well as USDA regulated animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and piglets. Options include providing the investigator with the surgical equipment for their own use or our trained surgical staff can perform the surgical procedures.


High resolution small animal ultrasound examinations towards characterizing cardiac function and liver and kidney blood flow. Studies using the new Visualsonics Vevo 2100 High Frequency Ultrasound system (see equipment page for full list of features) can either be conducted for you by our trained staff or investigators can reserve the equipment and utilize their own laboratory personnel. Core Staff are currently trained to do ultrasound examinations for cardiac function, liver and kidney blood flow. We will work with investigators to optimize their experiments.

Citing the Animal Physiology Core

All abstracts, publications, grant proposals, and other related documents made possible through the use of this core must cite “Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center Animal Physiology Core” in the acknowledgements section of the manuscript.

Key Contacts

  • Mary Wagner, PhD

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  • Rong Jiang, PhD

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