Animal Models

Dr. Steinkamp and Dr. Lagunita examine mouse images

The UNM Cancer Center Animal Models Shared Resource offers support for animal model development including subcutaneous and orthotopic xenograft and patient-derived xenograft preclinical studies. We provide technical services including xenograft injection/implantation, drug treatment, tumor monitoring, tumor burden quantification in longitudinal studies, necropsy, and consultations on model development, technical procedures, and animal pathology. We also provide in-house bred NOD scid gamma (NSG) immunodeficient mice to investigators for xenograft studies.

Core Location

Cancer Research Facility (CRF)

Room 217


Mara Steinkamp, PhD

Mara Steinkamp, PhD

Faculty Director




Irina Lagutina, PhD

Irina Lagutina, PhD

Technical Director




Donna Kusewit, DVM, PhD

Donna Kusewitt, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Pathologist





Senior Technical Staff

Monique Nysus
Quiteria Jacquez

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

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.).