Kenneth E. McCarson, Ph.D., is the Co-Director of the Biobehavioral Measurement Core (BMC) of the Kansas IDDRC at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Director of the Rodent Behavior Facility (RBF) at the Smith IDDRC.  Dr. McCarson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics and has used a variety of behavioral testing paradigms in rodents in his NIH funded projects for many years. As director of the RBF, it is his goal to act as a resource in assisting other investigators in accessing this technology.

If you are interested in access to the RBF or DMA services, please email


Michelle Winter, B.S. is the Core Manager of the KUMC RBF and Disease Model and Assessment Services.  She has a Molecular Genetics degree from The University of Kansas and nearly two decades of laboratory experience, rodent behavioral testing and survival surgery.  Ms. Winter provides training and support to users of the rodent behavior facility, data analysis, and experimental design.  Additionally, she performs rodent surgical services and all Core-provided ImmunoAssay services.
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Linda Eggiman, B.A., LAT, RVT is the Rodent Behavior Specialist.  She has over 30 years animal handling experience including a proficient knowledge of USDA, OLAW, and AALAS regulations.  She is facile with the array of behavioral tests offered through the Core and is excited to perform full service behavioral testing for investigators or train staff to conduct the testing independently.

Sarah tague Sarah Tague, PhD 

Sarah Tague, Ph.D. is the Disease Model Specialist.  She is a Senior Scientist with a B.A. in Microbiology from the University of Kansas, an M.S. in Cell Biology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from KUMC.  She has 20 years of laboratory experience, including 12 years of experience developing animal models of disease with defined behavioral, molecular, and anatomical outcomes.  She can help with overall experimental design as well as tissue processing and analysis.


Last modified: Feb 20, 2017