Histology Core

The Cell Biology Histology Core Laboratory is located in room 527 in the Biomedical Sciences Building (BMSB 527) on the OUHSC campus. The core laboratory provides histology services and usage of histology/imaging equipment to OUHSC investigators, as well as external investigators. The histology service includes tissue processing, sectioning, H&E staining, etc., and the equipment for use includes CryoStar Microtome, photomicroscope, and Olympus Virtual Slide Scanner, etc. The core also works together with investigators to accommodate specific needs in tissue/cell sample processing.

The major equipment in the histology core are listed below.

  • Thermo Scientific CryoStar NX70 Cryostat
  • Microm HM 310 Microtome (paraffin)
  • Thermo Scientific HistoStar Embedding Workstation
  • Leica CM 3000 Cryostat
  • Sakura Tissue Tek VIP 5 Tissue Processor
  • Microm HM 355 S Microtome (paraffin)
  • Leica EG1160 Embedding Center
  • Nikon Eclipse FL inverted photomicroscope
  • Olympus VS120 Virtual Slide System 

The core has a fast turnaround time. Submission of a small number of specimens for paraffin embedding, sectioning, and H&E staining, are routinely ready for pick up the next day. Larger submissions naturally require more time, but are usually ready for pickup within 2-3 days. The fee structure for histology services and equipment usage is provided in the PDF forms below.

Ms. Cindy Bulmer is the histology technician in the core. Ms. Bulmer is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and is qualified in immunohistochemistry by the ASCP. She coordinates the use of the histology core by researchers, and performs the various histology services provided by the core. She also trains and oversees the faculty or staff who wish to use the core histology equipment. All researchers wishing to use the core equipment, unless already familiar with the procedures, should first undergo training by the histology technician. Dr. Xi-Qin Ding, professor of Cell Biology, is the director of the core laboratory.

Shared Outlook calendars are available online in which users can schedule time to use the equipment in the core. All use of the histology core and services provided is maintained in an Access Database. Please contact Cindy Bulmer to request calendar access on your Exchange account. Please direct any inquiries about laboratory access or histology services to either Ms. Cindy Bulmer or Dr. Xi-Qin Ding. 

Cynthia Bulmer

Histology Technician II
BMSB 527, phone: x45507

Xi-Qin Ding, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell Biology
BRC 456, phone: x47966