Led by Alex Robling, PhD; Matthew Allen, PhD; and Teresa Zimmers, PhD, the Animal Phenotyping Core is being developed with a goal to have it active in early 2019. The goal of the Animal Phenotyping Core is to coordinate expertise, techniques, and equipment to facilitate morphological and mechanical phenotyping of bone and muscle tissues. The Animal Phenotyping Core will offer a suite of essential services, established protocols, and scientific expertise to assess bone and muscle.
Additionally, the Core will provide consultation, training, and education in all techniques provided and will stay relevant on emerging areas through professional development of technical staff. The Animal Phenotyping Core will also focus on areas of innovation and development, such as integrated Raman/nanoindentation analyses, which will provide state-of-the-art assessment of spatially matched tissue matrix characteristics and mechanical properties.