Genetic and Tumor Model Core Facility

Overview of Services

The Genetic and Tumor Model Core Facility (GTM) at West Virginia University is a fee-for-service facility that is housed within the specific pathogen-free (SPF) barrier in the animal quarters at the WVU Health Sciences Center. Our services within the GTM are available to investigators at WVU and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The services currently include 1) embryo and germ cell cryopreservation of valuable genetic strains; 2) a breeding colony of Nod-SCID gamma (NSG) immunocompromised mice for sale to members of the WVU community. These NSG animals provide WVU investigators needed animals for cancer cell imaging studies and expansion of human tumor xenographs; and 3) the establishment and expansion of patient-derived xenografts (PDX) into immunocompromised mice and other specialized tumor model animal systems.



Petar Mathers, PhD

Director- Genetic and Tumor Model (GTM) Core

(304) 293-0271


Elena Pugacheva, PhD

Associate Director- GTM

(304) 293-5295



Location and hours of operation

PTM Hours Location

Monday - Thursday

9 AM- 4 PM


9 AM - Noon


Transgenic Office Hours
By Appointment

One Medical Center Drive

Room 2813, WVU Cancer Institute

Morgantown, WV, 26506

Links and Resources

  1. Transgenic Animal Core Facility Website
  2. PTM Core Facility Website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Peter Mathers, PhD
Director- Transgenic; Associate Director- PTM
310 BMRC
Elena Pugacheva, PhD
Director- PTM Core
2832 HSC-S
Stuart Clayton, BS
PTM Core Technician
2nd Floor Erma Byrd

Services and Supplies

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Supplies (6)
PDX Services (7)
Strain Preservation Services (1)