Animal Surgery

Rodent surgical services for investigators with IACUC* approval Read More

If you are interested in using the Animal surgery core services, please contact Ernie Gonzales.

If you would like to use surgical space in the Core, you will need to reserve a space.  The has been divided into 5 Zones which are posted on a floor plan on the entrance door (see below).  There are some restrictions to reopening, which are designed to safeguard users and staff from COVID19 infection:.

  1. Only one person per zone (see floor plan below). Scheduling use of the core is the responsibility of each lab.  Sign up here.
  2. Masks to be worn at all times, even when working alone.
  3. All users are expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry to the facility before starting any other activity, when transitioning between laboratories in the facility, and when leaving the facility after cleaning their work area.
  4. Maintain a minimum distance of 6 ft apart at all times as much as possible. When this is not possible move quickly past fellow users to your station.
  5. All core users must use the online screening tool to enter buildings on the Medical Campus. The online WashU COVID-19 Screening Tool can be accessed at The process takes less than a minute to complete. This tool replaces the BJC HealthCare screening app for all WashU personnel.


The overall objective of the Animal Surgery Core (ASC) is to assist translation of scientific discoveries to rodent models and to facilitate development of new therapeutic strategies for nervous system disorders. The ASC provides access to core equipment and facilities, and expertise for surgery or protocol development.

Additionally, equipment in the facility is open to Hope Center investigators who complete appropriate training. Animal Studies Committee approval is required.

Learn More about the ASC and the procedures and services it offers. .

* Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACU​C)


We always strive to improve services and resources offered by the Hope Center Cores.  To provide feedback, see contact information below.

Surgery Core Manager: Ernie Gonzalez
Faculty Supervisor: Jin-Moo Lee

ICTS funding option

Hope Center Core users may be eligible to apply for a Just-in-Time (JIT) award from the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). Faculty members without established funding for their projects are encouraged to apply for JIT funding through the ICTS. Visit the ICTS JIT webpage for additional details.


Initiating Use

To initiate a new project, contact Karen Smith or fill in a new project request.

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