The UCD AMC gnotobiotic core provides investigators germ free (axenic/sterile) and gnotobiotic (flora-defined) mice. Our core facility includes 4 large and 8 small soft-sided vinyl isolators and our new Tecniplast iso-positive ventilated rack. Routine quality control testing is tperformed o confirm germ free status of our mice and isolators.
Since establishing the facility in 2015, we have worked with over 15 investigators across the UCD-AMC campus. As we continue to grow, we welcome inquiries from the UCD-AMC campus, the CU system, and external academic and non-academic groups.
We are a full service facility with dedicated research staff who perform colony maintenance, husbandry, quality assurance, experimental manipulations, and specimen collections. Our staff coordinate with individual investigators prior to each experiment to review experimental plans and provide detailed procedure reports. A cost quote for each experiment can be provided upon request. Our current fiscal year 2021 prices are listed here.
Kristi Kuhn, MD, PhD
Gnotobiotic Core Director
Dr. Kuhn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology whose research interests are centered upon the interaction of the microbiome with mucosal immunity in the development of rheumatologic disease. She established the UCD-AMC Gnotobiotic Core Facility in 2015 with generous support from the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, and the Department of Immunology. Dr. Kuhn oversees the daily functions of the facility and is available to other investigators for guidance on experimental design, execution, and data interpretation.
Gnotobiotic Core Technician
Cassandra Levens has worked in the research community for six years. She started with Office of Laboratory Animal Research in 2011. She started as an animal care technician. In 2014 she joined the Breeding Core. She learned a vast amount of breeding knowledge and has used the knowledge to help the Gnotobiotic core grow. Cassandra joined the Gnotobiotic core in November of 2017. She provides animal colony maintenance, helps in experimental manipulations, and contacts researchers to start new projects.