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The Histology Core laboratory serves as a primary resource for the Department of Physiology and Biophysics faculty, staff and students as well as investigators from external departments and institutions on a fee-for-service basis. 

The laboratory is staffed by Joshua Jefferson and directed by Heather A. Drummond, PhD. Both are available to assist with any inquiries.


  • 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. PAS, HE, etc.

  • 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, epifluorescence 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).

  • Vibrotome for gelatin sections.

  • General training: Training for microtome use, cryosectioning, histological or immunohistochemical staining and image analysis is available at an hourly rate.

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External collaboration

We welcome collaboration with external users. Contact us by phone or email.