California National Primate Research Center

Grant Number: P51 OD011107

Research Emphasis/ObjectivesNon-human primates in the wild

The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is a research unit of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The mission of the CNPRC is to improve human health and quality of life through support of exceptional nonhuman primate (NHP) research programs.

Current Research

The center has a diverse program of research utilizing NHPs. Research projects encompass many aspects of biology and medicine, including AIDS and other infectious diseases; reproductive issues, such as those associated with conception, pregnancy, and fetal growth and development; neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease; nutritional deficiencies; pulmonary disorders, such as asthma, emphysema, and other chronic obstructive lung diseases; xenotransplantation; cell- and gene-based therapies; acute and chronic stress; temperament and biobehavioral organization; social relationships; neurobiology; cognitive function; and behavioral development.

Services Provided

The CNPRC has four research units: Infectious Disease, Neuroscience and Behavior, Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine, and Respiratory Disease. In addition, the CNPRC has four service cores: Flow Cytometry, Inhalation Exposure, Multimodal Imaging, and the Primate Assay Laboratory. We also provide other services, such as Primate Medicine Services. Research opportunities are available for investigators from national and international institutions, as well as scientists within the UC Davis research community. The CNPRC also is home to the Center for Fetal Monkey Gene Transfer for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases under the direction of Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.

To Outside Investigators


Organs and tissues are provided when available; other biological samples are provided on special request. Shipping, collecting, and processing costs are charged to the requestor.

To Collaborating Scientists

Scientists wishing to conduct research at the center must have their projects reviewed and approved by the center director, research advisory committee, and campus animal care review committee. The center's services are available to collaborating scientists on a fee-for-service basis. Services include—

Core Services

  • Flow Cytometry Core
  • Inhalation Exposure Core
  • Multimodal Imaging Core
  • Primate Assay Laboratory Core

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Primate Medicine Services

  • Preventive medicine and epidemiologic evaluation, surgery, radiology, therapeutics, specialized medical procedures

Diagnostic Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Services

  • Bacteriology, biochemistry, hematology, parasitology, pathology, virology


  • Center breeding colony: rhesus macaque (M. mulatta)
  • Center research colony: Callicebus cupreusM. mulatta

Contact Information

California National Primate Research Center
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Principal Investigator

Prasant Mohapatra, Ph.D.
UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research

Center Director

John H. Morrison, Ph.D.
Phone: 530-754-4829

Additional Contact

Jeffrey A. Roberts, D.V.M.
Associate Director, Primate Services
Phone: 530-752-6490

National Primate Research Centers

Last updated: 09-08-2021