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Metabolic Research Center

Research is an integral part of every program at Touro University California. Our Metabolic Research Center (MRC) opened in January 2016 and provides an array of inpatient and outpatient research services for campus and non-campus users.

Research Services

The Metabolic Research Center (MRC) provides clinical research services, equipment, and facilities for investigators conducting studies in broad areas of metabolic disease at its clinical research facility in Building H89 on the Touro University California main campus. The MRC also provides specialized laboratory services in the MRC core research laboratory in Lander Hall. To see the cost of our services view our MRC Rates.

Clinical Research Services

  • Nursing
    • Vital signs, anthropometrics
    • Phlebotomy, specimen collection, PK sampling
    • Oral glucose, and meal tolerance tests
    • ECG
  • Physician services
    • Physical exams
    • Physician orders and medical oversight.
  • Study coordination, including recruitment
  • Specimen processing
  • Specialized services
    • Glucose clamp
    • Body composition, bone density by DXA
    • Stable isotope procedures
    • Indirect Calorimetry

Core Laboratory Services

  • GC/MS analyses for measurement of endogenous glucose production, gluconeogenesis, de novo lipogenesis
  • Plasma glucose and lactate analyses

Start a Research Protocol

To inquire about utilizing the MRC for your research protocol, please e-mail a summary of your protocol and clinical research needs to


Jean-Marc Schwarz, PhD

Jay Shubrook, DO
Medical Director
Director of Clinical Research

Sumera Ahmed, MD
Associate Medical Director

Sally Chiu, PhD
Manager & Research Scientist

Lisa Johnson, RN, BSN, CCRP
Clinical Research Nurse

Tess Calinawan, MHA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Find Us

Building H89 (#7 on map)
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592

707-638-5303 (general line)

For directions on Google maps, enter:
“1537 Azuar Dr, Vallejo, CA”

map of the metabolic research center location