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The Yerkes Research Center is the oldest scientific institute dedicated to nonhuman primate research. With research goals ranging from an AIDS vaccine to improved treatment of visual deficits in children to a better understanding of peacemaking and conflict resolution in primate social groups, the Yerkes Research Center employs more than 400 faculty, staff and researchers dedicated to one of the most diverse programs of primate research in the world.


The Yerkes Research Center maintains two locations: a 25-acre main center on the campus of Emory University and a 117-acre field station in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The main center, which houses approximately 1,200 nonhuman primates and 13,000 rodents, contains most of the Center's biomedical research laboratories. The field station, which houses approximately 2,200 nonhuman primates, specializes in behavioral studies of primate social groups. These facilities are available to Yerkes and Emory-based researchers as well as collaborating scientists around the world. Researchers interested in applying to conduct research at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center must submit a Study Intent Questionnaire. To do so, please click here.

Research Opportunities

As one of seven national primate research centers, Yerkes provides specialized scientific resources, expertise and training opportunities for work with nonhuman primates. Researchers interested in conducting work at the Center must submit a research proposal.

Yerkes staff is available to assist collaborating researchers with such research proposals, budgets and funding requests. For more information about conducting collaborative research at Yerkes, please click here.

NPRC Research and Capabilities Inventory Website

The National Primate Research Centers (NPRC) Consortium now offers the NPRC Research and Capabilities Inventory website, The purpose of the website is to provide investigators, collaborators and program managers from funding organizations such as the NIH with an informative resource to help facilitate innovative research with nonhuman primates. The Consortium strongly encourages consultation with any of the NPRCs to discuss specific areas of interest and to better understand how the NPRCs can help advance your research.

Biological Material Procurement Program

The Yerkes Research Center serves as an important resource to investigators worldwide because of the biological specimens we collect and distribute for scientific research purposes. For more information about this resource, please contact

Clinical Resources

The Division of Pathology at the Yerkes Research Center provides a number of clinical services available to internal and collaborating researchers including a clinical pathology laboratory, necropsy and pathology facilities, histology and electron microscopy laboratories and an immunology laboratory. The division also offers assistance for specimen requests. For more information, please contact Kay Lee Summerville.

Nonhuman Primate DNA Bank

This National Primate Research Center-sponsored resource to all investigators offers DNA from a range of nonhuman primate species. The Nonhuman Primate DNA Bank contains samples from related and unrelated animals within more than 10 species, including Chinese, Japanese and Indian rhesus macaques, pig-tailed macaques, baboons, chimpanzees, marmosets and sooty mangabeys. To request samples or for more information, contact Dr. Steve Bosinger at the Yerkes Research Center. 

Emory Vaccine Center

The Yerkes facility also houses the Emory Vaccine Center, one of the largest academic vaccine Centers in the world. The Emory Vaccine Center, renowned for its expertise in cellular immunity and immune memory, strives to improve human health through fundamental and clinical research leading to the development of effective vaccines against infectious diseases of global importance. Established in 1996, the Emory Vaccine Center houses 17 faculty members who study AIDS, malaria and other global infectious disease threats.