In Vivo Therapeutics Core

Policies & Procedures

Request for services

To request mice from the on-site breeding facility, fill out the appropriate online mouse request form. Contact Karen Pollok ( for detailed information on in vivo services and pricing or to set up a consultation and study design meeting.    

Select the appropriate form below:

  • NSG: NOD.Cg-Prkdcscid Il2rgtm1Wjl/SzJ
  • NRG: (NOD.Cg-Rag1tm1Mom Il2rgtm1Wjl/SzJ)
  • C57BL/6J
  • Boy J: B6.SJL-Ptprca Pepcb/BoyJ
  • F1: C57BL/6J x B6.SJL-Ptprca Pepcb/BoyJ

Manage Orders

Radiation Services Scheduler

Acknowledgment, authorship, collaboration

All research work performed by the IVT core should be acknowledged in all ensuing publications. Fees paid for services provided by the core should not negate the potential of co-authorship by core scientists. These acknowledgements and achievements are important for the existence and continued funding of the core facility. Given that many validation procedures require advanced intellectual involvement by the core’s scientists (examples listed below), it is expected that this acknowledgement will be in the form of co-authorship according to the guidelines for authorship recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

IVT scientists performing one or more of the following tasks meet the criteria for authorship:
  • Literature review and providing assistance in selecting/conceiving the experiments appropriate for the study goals
  • Experimental design
  • Assay development/optimization
  • Data analysis and interpretation of data, or both
  • Preparation of pertinent sections/figures for the manuscript and revisions to address reviewer concerns/questions
All contributions that do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section. Examples of the tasks requiring an appropriate mention in the acknowledgment section are:
  • Mere collection of data (e.g., flow cytometry) using PI-provided protocols that require no further optimization and/or trouble-shooting.
  • Mere collection of in vivo study data (no data analysis or interpretation by core scientists.
  • Irradiation and/or transplant of bone marrow cells
  • Routine sample processing (e.g., serum/plasma separation, isolation of PBMCs from blood)
Distribution of mice for studies not implemented by core personnel:

We maintain the following strains:

  • NSG: NOD.Cg-Prkdcscid Il2rgtm1Wjl/SzJ
  • NRG: (NOD.Cg-Rag1tm1Mom Il2rgtm1Wjl/SzJ)
  • C57BL/6J
  • Boy J: B6.SJL-Ptprca Pepcb/BoyJ
  • F1: C57BL/6J x B6.SJL-Ptprca Pepcb/BoyJ

Data generated by the core is kept on a secure server with access to core personnel only. Communication of data to clients will be done using a secure website on the IUSCC intranet. Each lab's folder is password protected and accessed only by lab and core personnel. Data or information (verbal and/or electronic) are not shared with any outside parties.

Conflict resolution:

If a resolution cannot be reached at the core director level, the issue will be taken to the core advisory committee for discussion and resolution.

Cost recovery/payment policy:

If recovery of payment becomes an issue, the IUSCC business managers will contact the customer and/or their department to collect charges owed. If there is a dispute in charges, the conflict resolution policy above will be followed.

Prioritization of work:

Core studies or services will be prioritized based on IUSCC and/or IUSM membership followed by non members. Projects enter the Core upon receipt of a study request form and approved animal study or amendment. In the event that there is a backlog of studies, services will be prioritized based on IU Simon Cancer Center and/or IU School of Medicine membership followed by non-members. Priority will be given to users with peer-reviewed grant funding.


The core is funded, in part, by grants and contracts of the investigators who utilize the facility. All IUSCC members receive discounted rates. Due to the variety of in vivo models and drug regimens requested, the specific costs of a study will be calculated once the study design is finalized.

Weekend/after-hours/holiday rates will be two times the regular procedure rate, with minimum charge per trip ($191)

External rates TBD upon consultation.
Service Internal IU faculty rates
Tissue culture fees $42.45/hour
Lentiviral transduction of cell line (includes cell transduction and flow cytometry verification) $42.45/hour + flow lab fees
Methylene blue assay for cell viability after drug treatment $42.45/hour
Tissue culture supply fees (tubes, pipettes, tips, trypsin, etc.) $6.07/hour spent w/TC
Mycoplasma testing cell line (required for invivo studies) $70.97/cell line
Cell line banking, authentication, distribution Charges dependent on effort and supplies
Experimental technique training $42.45/hour
Cost analysis and billing $42.45/hour
Draft and submit study amendments $42.45/hour
Drug formulation (15 min increments) $42.45/hour
Surgical procedures/orthotic implant $55.12/hour/person
NSG mice $31.86/mouse
NRG mice $34.96/mouse
Boy J mice $31.34/mouse
C57 / Boy J F1 $36.83/mouse
C57BL / 6J mice $30.78/mouse
Biohazard mouse room per diems $1.20/cage/day
Conventional mouse room per diems $0.91/cage/day
Data entry, analysis and graphing $84.90/week of study
Irradiation prior to experiment $42.45/hour
Irradiation of cells $42.45/hour
Irradiation “late” fee if >15 minutes late (with no written notice in advance) $42.45 first occurrence + additional 10 percent for each subsequent occurrence
Tattoo fees (animal identification) $2.42/mouse
Inhalation anesthesia fees (per hour to cover O2, isoflurane) $11.14/hour
Randomization $1.32/mouse
Palpate for tumors $1.32/mouse
Caliper tumors $4.00/mouse
IV injection $6.67/mouse
SQ injection $4.00/mouse
IP, ID, or IM injection $2.67/mouse
PO dose $2.67/mouse
Studies with staggered timing (dosing, bleeding, etc.) $42.45/hour
Body weight $1.32/mouse
Complete blood count (CBC) $13.35/mouse
Survival or terminal bleed $6.67/mouse
Euthanize and dispose (only) $1.32/mouse
Euthanize + gross necropsy $13.35/mouse
Euthanize + tumor (fixation) $13.35/mouse
Euthanize + full necropsy $20.54/mouse
Full necropsy + tissues in cassettes


Cellularity and progenitor analysis (BM or spleen) $60.61/mouse **
Hematopoietic progenitor analysis (human UCB) $38.78/drug treatment **
** This is for estimation purposes only. Acutal billed cost will include all needed supplies + actual effort
Weekend/after-hours/holiday rates will be two times the regular procedure rate, with minimum charge per trip ($191)

If you are a Cancer Center Member, please contact Kristina Taylor at or 317-274-3893, for additional rate information.