Aerial view of the CHLA Anderson Pavilion Building.

Nutrition and Metabolic Core

The Nutrition and Metabolic Core offers access to state-of-the-art and high quality phenotyping services for clinical studies in humans and basic science studies in rodents that are focused on research in nutrition, obesity, diabetes and metabolism.


Human Studies

  • Body composition assessment in infants and children
  • Blood and sample collection
  • Glucose and Meal Tolerance Tests
  • Diet assessment

Rodent Studies

  • Body composition (NMR)
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Locomotor activity
  • Food intake
  • Glucose and insulin tolerance
  • Pyruvate tolerance
  • Leptin tolerance
  • Glucose CLAMP
  • Sample collection
  • Hormone and lipid assay
  • Core temperature
  • Consultation and training
  • TissueLyser
  • For all inquiries involving rodent studies, please contact Dr. Anna Kamitakahara

For Investigators

For more information about utilizing the Nutrition and Metabolic Core, please contact the central Core inbox at


This facility utilizes CoreConnect, a web-based core management system that supports the centralization of services and equipment scheduling, billing and usage tracking. Use of the new system is required for all core users, core leaders and core staff.

Learn more about CoreConnect.

This Core participates in the CHLA Core Pilot Program. To learn more click here.

CHLA welcomes external users to utilize our Core facilities. Please contact Michael Goran, PhD at

Access for Non-Hospital Researchers

Access to Nutrition and Metabolic Core facilities for researchers at USC and other institutions can be arranged. Interested researchers should contact the Core Director to inquire about availability and rates.