Vanderbilt Mouse Neurobehavioral Lab (MNL) Core

Overview of Services


Vanderbilt's Mouse Neurobehavioral Lab (MNL) is a shared resource, available for all researchers with appointments in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The MNL is supported by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, the Kennedy Center, and by fees assessed for usage. Non-VUMC personnel may also use the facility. 


The MNL, opened in 2009, is located on the 9th floor of Medical Center North. 


VU/VUMC Investigators: Our funding is justified in part upon your citing the Murine Neurobehavior Core when you publish data that was acquired in our facility. This would include results of behavior tests, training in the use of hardware/software, and any data analysis done, etc. The minimum acceptable acknowledgement should read:

Experiments/Data analysis/presentation [include what you use] were performed in part through the use of the Murine Neurobehavior Core lab at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Please let us know when you publish and send us a reprint of the manuscript. This is how we justify our existence.


Kennedy Center Investigators: The Behavior Core receives support from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center U54.

If you make use of these services or other VKC IDDRC Core services, please acknowledge this support in publications as required by the EKS NICHD. Sample: “Research supported in this publication was supported by the EKS NICHD of the NIH under Award #U54HD083211. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”

Contact Leadership

Fiona Harrison | Director | 615-875-5547

John Allison | Manager | 615-322-0794

Hours of Operation and Location 

Hours Location

24/7 Access for Trained Users         

MCN - 9th Floor

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Fiona Harrison



John Allison