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Collaboration Development

Our collaborations at UNC involve scientists from 10 different academic departments. We also support external academic efforts from all over the United States.  Additionally, we are capable of executing collaborations with small biotech start-ups in addition to established pharmaceutical entities.  In order to accommodate a broad scope of research efforts, we work closely with UNC’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) to help facility research service agreements and requisite material transfer agreements.  Importantly, the MP1U is not considered a fee-for-service core.  However, we do strive for collaborative efforts that lead to funding support and publications in peer reviewed journals.


Project Proposals

Any group interested in collaborating with the MP1U should first download, complete, and send the request for collaboration form to the director,

Collaboration Request Form

For general questions, concerns, or to set up a meeting with the
Mouse Phase 1 Unit please contact Aadra Bhatt:
(919) 843-4598
MBRB 7340B



While we are always open to authorship opportunities not all manuscripts generated with MP1U’s help require one of our staff or directors listed as an author. However, we do request that you mention us in the following ways:

  1. In the methods section where you discuss animal handling: e.g. “Mice were housed in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Mouse Phase I Unit (MP1U) AAALAC accredited vivarium(s). Therapeutic studies and assessment for response and health status were performed by the MP1U under compliance with our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  2. In the acknowledgements: “We thank the directors and personnel of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Mouse Phase One Unit (MP1U) for assistance with animal handling, therapeutic studies and tumor serial assessment. Work in the MP1U was supported by the University Cancer Research Fund.”


On Campus

We have active projects with 32 faculty on campus representing 17 departments

Biology Department
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Department of Biological Engineering
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Dermatology
Department of Genetics
Department of Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Nutrition
Department of Obstetrician and Gynecology
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Pharmacology
Department of Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiology
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

External Collaborators

Baylor University
Columbia University
Dana Farber Cancer Center
Duke University
East Carolina University
Emory University
Fox Chase Cancer Center
North Carolina Central University
Ohio State University

State University of New York
University of Colorado
University of Texas, Southwestern
Virginia Tech
Washington University
Yale University
…and other private
pharmaceutical companies

We have distributed alleles to 70 labs at 33 institutions in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia

North America

Baylor College of Medicine
Beth Israel
Brown University
Columbia University
Duke University
Harvard University
Mass General Hospital
Mayo Clinic
MD Anderson Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Scripps University
St.Judes Hospital
Stanford University
University of California – San Francisco
University of Texas-San Antonio
University of Miami
University Of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin
Yale University


Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research
Shanghai Jiaotong University


Babraham University
Blizzard Institute
MRC Clinical Sciences Centre
Fritz Lipmann Institute
Institut Curie
Institut National De La Santa Et De La Recherche Medicale
University of Glasglow


Garvan Institute of Medical Research
University of South Wales