Vanderbilt Islet Procurement and Analysis Core


The Islet Procurement & Analysis Core (IPA Core) is a core of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC). Pancreatic islet biology, development, and function are major DRTC research areas with investigators studying a variety of islet-related processes ranging from intracellular signaling, immunology of type 1 diabetes, islet-enriched transcription factors, to islet transplantation.

The objective of the core is to facilitate research of DRTC-affiliated investigators by providing high quality, well-characterized mouse pancreatic islets.


The Islet Procurement and Analysis Core provides services in the following categories:

  • Mouse Islet Isolation
  • Islet Perifusion
  • Static Islet Incubation
  • Islet Culture
  • Islet RNA Isolation
  • Whole Slide Scanning & Image Analysis
  • Assistance with Human Islets
  • Assistance with experimental design

Core People

Core Director
Marcela Brissova PhD Vanderbilt Islet Procurement and Analysis Core Email