IA - VUMC Human Metabolic Physiology Core (HMPC)

Overview of Services

The Human Metabolic Physiology Core provides minimally invasive adipose tissue collection and bedside tissue processing for biomedical researchers at VUMC and VU.
Our mission is to provide high quality research biopsy services, led by an experienced proceduralist with great bedside rapport and clinical knowledge to create a positive experience for study participants.

Skin biopsy and support for glucose and insulin clamp studies are coming soon.


Core Director, Kevin Niswender

Associate Director / Adipose Biopsy, John Koethe

Associate Director / Metabolic Clamp, Matt Luther

Core Manager, LaToya Hannah

For general questions or assistance: latoya.hannah@vumc.org

Location and hours of operation


Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 


Links and Resources



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 VUMCcores@vumc.org 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.