VUMC Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core

Overview of Services

The mission of the Vanderbilt Hormone Assay & Analytical Services Core is to facilitate diabetes, endocrine, and metabolic research across a range of species. Our objective is to provide sensitive, reproducible, and inexpensive analyses of hormones, amino acids, catecholamines, lipids, stable isotopes, purine nucleotides, and markers of oxidative stress and inflammation. The core offers investigators access to assays which are not readily available, assistance with method development, training, technical support, and access to research space and personnel.


Hormone Services:

Radioimmunoassays (RIA):  ACTH, corticosterone, cortisol, c-peptide, ghrelin, glucagon, insulin, leptin, PYY, and testosterone

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC):  amino acids and catecholamines (epinephrine & norepinephrine)

Luminex multiplex assays:  includes human and mouse adipokine, cytokine/chemokine, metabolic hormones, immunology/inflammation, and pituitary panels

Analox enzymatic assay:   glucose


For more information visit the Vanderbilt Hormone & Analytical Services Core

For other inquiries, please contact the Core staff at (615) 936-1624 or email Dale Edgerton.


 Metabolomics Services: 

Metabolomics:  small molecule biomarker analysis, with bioinformatic and statistical analysis and biochemical and biological interpretation of results

     For inquiries, please email Alisa Escue.


Lipid Services:

Plasma Lipid Profile:  Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL Cholesterol, Free Fatty Acids

Gas chromatographic Tissue/Cell/Plasma Lipid Analyses:  Phospholipids, Diglycerides, Free Fatty Acids, Triglycerides, Cholesterol Esters (includes fatty acid profile), 

Plasma Fast Protein Lipoprotein Separation (FPLC):  includes total cholesterol and triglycerides 

For inquiries, please email Carla Harris.


Core Director:  Owen McGuinness, Ph.D.

Managing Director:  Dale Edgerton, Ph.D.

Facility Manager: Pat Donahue

Administrative Office: Alisa Escue


For general inquiries, please contact Dale Edgerton.

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                     

713 Preston Research Building

Links and Resources

Vanderbilt Hormone & Analytical Services Core


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.