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Welcome to the Preclinical Research Unit 



Our Mission

The mission of the Preclinical Research Unit (PRU) is to develop and utilize robust pre-clinical and in-vivo systems for the testing of novel cancer therapeutics. 

The PRU provides outstanding technical services and a seamless approach in working with the IACUC, DCM, and other core facilities on campus for labs that utilize small laboratory animals in their research.

We offer technical expertise with small laboratory animal models for reproducibility of research at UNC, and complete study management as well as individual services to fit your needs.

PRU technicians are experienced, highly skilled and maintain American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Technician/Technologist (AALAS) certifications.

The Preclinical Research Unit encompasses the services and personnel previously known as the Animal Studies Core and the Mouse Phase 1 Unit (MP1U). 

Please contact us at to discuss your project needs.