Mutant Mouse Pathology Service

The Mutant Mouse Pathology Service (MMPS) provides Science Park investigators with expert experimental pathology support. MMPS staff consult with investigators to formulate an integrated imaging, pathology and histology protocol for each study with the goal of assuring customized, efficient and comprehensive data collection.

The IVIS Spectrum in vivo imaging system, recently funded by a CPRIT Shared Instrumentation Award, is supported through this core. The MMPS also recently acquired the VetScan2 and HemaVet 950S instruments for determining clinical chemistry and hematology parameters, respectively, using very small volumes of blood. MMPS staff provide expert interpretation of experimental lesions and development of new methods as needed to support the investigations of departmental scientists.


  • Ante mortem imaging
  • Hematology and serum chemistry
  • Necropsy
  • Histopathology and morphometry
  • Laser capture microdissection
  • Consultation and training


Fernando Benavides, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACLAM
Professor, Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis
Director, Mutant Mouse Pathology Services
Phone: (512) 237-9343