Vivarium and Transgenics Core

General Overview

The mission of the Vivarium and Transgenics Core is to develop, provide, and support high quality mouse modeling services for VARI investigators, collaborators, and the greater research community. The VARI Vivarium is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a high containment barrier. All procedures are conducted according to the National Institutes of Health’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. VARI is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. The staff provides rederivation, surgery, dissection, necropsy, breeding, weaning, tail biopsies, sperm and embryo cryopreservation, animal data management, and health-status monitoring. Transgenic mouse models are produced on request for project-specific needs.

The Vivarium and Transgenics Core is led by Director Bryn Eagleson, who has extensive experience in lab animal science and transgenic technology. The core is committed to the highest of quality in animal standards and care as well as providing strong, dedicated support for the research community. The Vivarium’s staff understands how important providing excellent animal care is to producing quality research.

Please acknowledge VARI’s Vivarium and Transgenics Core in publications using the following wording or similar: We thank Van Andel Research Institute’s Vivarium and Transgenics Core for its contributions to this work.

How to request services

VARI’s Core Technologies and Services manages service requests through CrossLab Solutions. Each Core maintains an CrossLab page that provides descriptions of the Core as well as options to schedule equipment and request services. Pricing also is available in CrossLab (See Schedule Equipment and/or Request Services). Current CrossLab users can login here.

VARI staff that need a login (or further CrossLab support) should contact Lori Moon and MSU staff that need a login should contact Erica Lange. External users that need an CrossLab account/login can go here for account creation. After logging in, external users should click “list all cores” under the Core Facilities section in the left menu and scroll down to “Cores at Van Andel Institute”.

For production of transgenic mice, gene-targeted mice, cryopreservation and rederivation, please contact our team at TransgenicServices@vai.org