Research Resources: Bacteriology & Parasitology

The Division has a significant service commitment to the Center. These service functions can be divided into four major areas: 1) Diagnostic Parasitology Core, 2) Vector-borne Diseases Core, 3) DNA Microarray and Expression Core, and, 4) Enzootic Pathogens Survey.

Diagnostic Parasitology

This Core provides diagnostic support to investigators and clinical veterinarians whenever monkeys are suspected of harboring parasites. All animals entering quarantine from outside sources are examined for blood and intestinal parasites at monthly intervals before they are allowed to enter the colony. Additionally, mice in the rodent colony are periodically checked for mites and pinworms prospectively. The Core also collaborates with researchers outside the TNPRC when projects involving nonhuman primates require diagnostic services. In addition, the laboratory is examining blood and fecal samples in direct support of a survey of enzootic pathogens from the breeding colony.

Vector-Borne Diseases Core

This Core maintains insects and arthropods that are important to reproduce the natural mode of transmission of vector-borne diseases that are studied at the TNPRC, e.g. Lyme disease and malaria.

The DNA Microarray and Expression Core

This core provides both bioinformatics expertise to investigators who already have obtained DNA microarray results, and technical support to perform the microarray experiments de novo.

The Enzootic Pathogens Survey

This survey centers on the collection and examination of blood and stool samples from each animal in the TNPRC breeding colony. This survey permits the early detection of microbes that may affect the general health status of the monkey colony.

The TNPRC is a division of Tulane University (985) 871-6201