Histology is the microscopic study of tissues and cells, with its techniques providing evidence and visual images of biological and physical science. 

We provide training and access to specialised microscopy systems for tissue preparation, slide production, and histo-chemical staining to scientists and students across South East Queensland. 

The Histology Facility is managed and operated by Dr Darryl Whitehead who is available for consultation and advice on histology and microscopy related issues. The facility is also staffed by three highly qualified Histology Assistants, who specialise in specific areas of the field of Histology. 

Within the Histology Facility, equipment is available to produce high quality microscopic sections of frozen, paraffin and resin embedded material. Induction and equipment training sessions are held by histology staff to train research personnel, honours and post graduate students in histological techniques. Bookings are made through the SBMS intranet booking system to use our equipment and facilities either supervised or independently. All new users will be supervised until laboratory management is confident with independent usage of the facility.

These services are available to all University staff and students, and to external Institutions on a user pays system. Professional services, sectioning and staining can be provided by the highly qualified staff by prior arrangement and contracts, subject to the availability of resources. Please refer to our cost list and discuss with Histology personnel prior to submitting histological samples for processing in order to assist us with the planning and correct assessment of your project.

After-hours access to the Histological Facility is reserved for the strict use of members within the School of Biomedical Sciences.


Histology services

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Histology equipment

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Standard Operating Procedures

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Staining techniques

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