Clee Laboratory, Mouse Obesity and Metabolic Phenotyping Core

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Analysis of body composition, food intake, indirect calorimetry, food/drink preference tests

Area(s) of Expertise

We study factors affecting obesity and diabetes risk in mouse models. The infrastructure allows us to measure obesity and aspects of energy balance. Specifically, we have a DEXA scanner that measures body composition (lean mass, fat mass, bone mass and density) and metabolic cages (TSE Systems) that allow the 24-hour monitoring of food intake (including meal patterns), energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry and physical activity) and water intake. We have extensive experience using this system.

Research Services

Mouse body composition, food intake and energy expenditure

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



Metabolic cages (TSE Systems)

Non-invasive monitoring of food intake and energy expenditure in mice in a home-cage environment. We can also conduct food/drink preference tests.

DEXA scanner

Mouse body composition