Animal Models

Dr. Steinkamp and Dr. Lagunita examine mouse images

The UNM Cancer Center Animal Models Shared Resource offers support for preclinical animal studies including animal model development, cancer cell injection/implantation, drug treatment, tumor monitoring, live animal in vivo imaging and tumor burden quantification, necropsy, and animal pathology. We also provide in-house bred NOD scid gamma (NSG) and NBSGW immunodeficient mice to investigators for their preclinical studies. We have recently established protocols for engraftment of human immune cells in immunocompromised mice.  These “humanized” models can be made to order.

Core Location

Cancer Research Facility (CRF)

Room 217


Mara Steinkamp, PhD

Irina Lagutina, PhD

Donna Kusewit, DVM, PhD

Our technical staff has extensive experience in preclinical cancer models including cancer cell engraftment, drug dosing, tumor monitoring, and necropsies.

Mara Steinkamp, PhD

Faculty Director

Irina Lagutina, PhD

Technical Director

Donna Kusewitt, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathologist

Monique Nysus

Research technician

Animal Models Shared Resource Acknowledgement

Please acknowledge the Animal Models Shared Resource in publications or grant submissions in which you use images or data generated in the resource.

Suggested acknowledgment:

To acknowledge use of this shared resource, please include the following in your publications: This research was partially supported by UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant NCI P30CA118100 and the Animal Models Shared Resource.

Following publication, please send us one of your reprints or cover images for our records.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center Animal Models Shared Resource acknowledges the following funding for facility support.

Current Funding:

The Animal Models Shared Resource is supported by the NCI-designated UNM Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA118100) (PI Willman, C.).