Core Facilities

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  • Histology Core Services and Fees

    Histology Core services offered by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics include:

    • General histology: Routine processing, embedding and sectioning of paraffin and frozen tissues. Glycomethacrylate processing and sectioning is available upon request.
    • Special histological staining: A wide array of routine and special histological staining is performed in accordance with established Protocols.
    • Immunohistochemistry: Manual and automated immunohistochemistry services are available for established procedures and protocols. Consultation services are available for developing new protocols for antibodies with unknown specificities.
    • Light microscopy and image analysis: The laboratory offers services and training in assessment of basic histology as well as more complex image analysis (e.g. quantitative analysis of immunohistochemical data, stereology).
    • General training: Training for microtome use, cryosectioning, histological or immunohistochemical staining and image analysis is available at an hourly rate.

    For service fees, please refer to our service fee list.

    We do accept work outside the university which will include a 52.5% surcharge to cover indirect costs.

    Service fees

     Service Charge/Unit

    Paraffin processing (including embedding)



    Paraffin sectioning (plain slides)


    Paraffin sectioning (adhesive slides)


    Paraffin microtome use


    Cryosectioning (plain slides)


    Cryosectioning (adhesive slides)


    Cryostat use


    Serial sectioning (paraffin or cryostat)







    Masson's Trichrome


    Picrosirius red


    Oil Red O


    Cresyl violet


    Silver stains


    Other stains by request


    Immunohistochemistry (primary antibody provided by user)


    Image analysis   

    Digital images (brightfield and fluorescence)


    Digital microscope use


    Stereological measurements


    Other services/consumables   

    Training in paraffin sectioning


    Training in crysectioning


    Training in IHC

    $60.00 procedure

    Training in histological staining


    Plain slides

    $10/box of 50

    Superfrost Plus (+) charged slides

    $20/box of 72





    10% buffered formalin


    Use of dehydration/rehydration station