Metabolic Unit


The Metabolic Unit within HDDC Core D: Gnotobiotic Mice, Microbiology and Metagenomics exists to provide the Harvard Medical School and area scientific community with access to cutting-edge resources for the comprehensive measurement and analysis of feeding and metabolism in mice.

The Core provides an extensive and growing variety of services to measure a range of metabolic parameters in mice, including: oxygen consumption (VO2); carbon dioxide production (VCO2); respiratory exchange ratios (RER); food consumption; locomotor activity levels;  core body temperature and heart rate; body composition; heat lost due to thermal radiation; and food metabolism efficiency.

The Metabolic Unit offers a full suite of services for the analysis of mouse metabolism. The core’s Columbus Instruments Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS)  allows for simultaneous measurement of key metabolic parameters in mice.

The CLAMS is complemented by EchoMRI Body Composition Analyzers for the precise measurement of body composition, a thermal imaging system for the measurement of heat lost due to thermal radiation, and oxygen bomb calorimetry for the assessment of food metabolism efficiency in mice.

NEW software available from The Metabolic Unit:

CalR - A Web Application for Indirect Calorimetry Analysis:

The Core is directed by Alexander S. Banks, PhD (BIDMC Endocrinology Division)

People and Contact Information:
Director: Alexander S. Banks, PhD
Core Manager: June Corrigan
Core Technician: Yuchen He
BIDMC Center for Life Sciences
330 Brookline Avenue, CLS 728
Boston, MA, 02115