Principal Investigator

Crystal Brobst-Wormell, D.V.M.

Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell oversees all veterinarian duties for the NIAMS animal facilities. She provides technical guidance, education, and training to researchers in the development and implementation of their animal study protocols.

The NIAMS Laboratory Animal Care and Use Section (LACU) provides support to all NIAMS Intramural Research Program (IRP) Branches and Laboratories using animals. Our goal is to provide animal care and services that support research activities and further our understanding of musculoskeletal and skin diseases.


The LACU provides the following services to the NIAMS IRP:

  • Veterinary care
  • Animal ordering
  • Assistance with protocol preparation
  • Training investigative staff in conducting animal procedures
  • Animal facility management - NIAMS ACRF
  • Monitoring animal health in shared and core facilities
  • Coordination of rodent rederivation

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Last Updated: September 2017