The Elvie L. Taylor Histology Core Facility…
provides full technical services for histology and morphological investigations.
This facility supports experimental biology throughout the Washington University research community. The core is currently staffed by one experienced, board-certified histotechnician (Marina Platik). The primary mission of this core is to provide services designed to create slides from tissues for analysis.
The source of tissue can be virtually any model experimental system (mice, zebrafish, etc). Human tissue samples will be accepted only in one of two ways: 1) in cassettes for processing and paraffin embedding and 2) fixed frozen in OCT for frozen sections. For expert users, the facility provides equipment to paraffin embed and section fixed material. The facility can stain the resulting slides to the specifications of the user. Routine histochemical dyes (e.g., H+E, Masson Trichrome) are available, as well as additional specialty stains. Unstained slides can be ordered. Frozen sections from OCT embedded material can also be produced by this facility. For less experienced users, the core will provide assistance on handling tissue for optimal processing (these questions are welcomed!).