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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 1,000 nonhuman primates and 7,500 rodents, contains most of the Center's biomedical research laboratories. The field station, which houses approximately 2,000 nonhuman primates, specializes in behavioral studies of primate social groups and is home to our breeding colony. The animals at our center are available to Yerkes and Emory-based researchers as well as collaborating scientists around the world.

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 Study Intent Questionnaire. To request the questionnaire, please send an email.

Yerkes staff is available to assist collaborating researchers with research proposals, budgets and funding requests.

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.

Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research

Emory's Udall Center is member of the Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center Network, which Congress established in 1998 through the National Institutes of Health. The Udall Centers foster cutting-edge translational research into the causes and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease. Emory's center focuses on

  • Conducting research that improves our understanding of the brain pathology and neural network dysfunctions in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Developing new therapeutic approaches for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Educating the public about current research and therapeutic development for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Providing a training environment that fosters integration between clinical care and basic research on Parkinson’s disease.