NORC Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core

Overview of Services

The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core provides contemporary phenotyping techniques for metabolism and energy balance in mouse models of nutrition and disease.

The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core offers technical support and expertise for measuring traits related to metabolism in mouse models of obesity and nutritionally relevant disease. With locations in Chapel Hill and Kannapolis, the Core provides access to state-of-the-art methods, equipment, and populations to support high quality and high throughput phenotyping of energy balance components in mice.


Please submit service requests at least 2 weeks ahead of your preferred project start date to allow for scheduling.

Core staff will respond to your requests with a confirmation or alternative options within one business day.

The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core has adjusted the rate of EchoMRI services to $16 per mouse.

The rate increase is attributed to increased operational costs and will bring core services into alignment with guidance provided by The Office of Sponsored Research.


Our productivity and effectiveness as a Center is measured in part by the citation of our grant in your published work.
Please acknowledge National Institutes of Health grant 
DK056350 in all publications resulting from the use of our services.


Raz Shaikh, PhD
Director - Chapel Hill
phone: (919) 843-4348

Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH
Director - UNC Nutrition Research Institute
phone: (919) 966-7346



Location and hours of operation

Hours Locations


8 AM - 5 PM 



Monday - Friday 

  Core Manager Office
135 Dauer Dr
Michael Hooker Research
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

120 Mason Farm Road

Genetic Medicine Building
Room UB 54, UB 55
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

301 Pharmacy Lane

Kerr B244
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Core Manager Office
Nutrition Research Institute
500 Laureate Way

Room 3303
Kannapolis, NC, 28081

Links and Resources

  1. The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core Website 
  2. UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  3. NORC Central


Name Role Phone Email Location
Raz Shaikh, PhD
Director - Chapel Hill
(919) 843-4348
Chapel Hill, NC
Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH
Director - Nutrition Research Institute
(919) 966-7346
Kannapolis, NC
Meagan D. Bridges, MS
Manager - Chapel Hill
(919) 843-5145
Chapel Hill, NC
Melissa VerHague, PhD
Manager - Nutrition Reseach Institute
(704) 250-5049
Kannapolis, NC
Qing Shi, MS
Manager - Seahorse Services
(919) 966-7162
Chapel Hill, NC

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