Research Histology Core (RHC)

Research Histology Core Laboratory

The Research Histology Core (RHC) laboratory operates out of the Office of Research as an institutional core, in partnership with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and University Clinical Health. The mission of the RHC is to provide researchers with access to high-quality histology services and to expert consultation on histopathology to support basic and translational research. The RHC is a new institutional core, which opened July 1, 2017.


The RHC supports processing, embedding, sectioning, and H&E-staining of tissues for research purposes, primarily tissues derived from rodent models or human specimens xenografted into mice. The RHC also offers consultation services during the project design phase, and for evaluating histopathology and molecular pathology of samples by the core Scientific Director. Additional services include special stains priced by level of complexity. 

The RHC is located in Rm 544A of the 930 Madison Ave complex and is staffed by experienced clinical pathology histotechnologists and a full-time lab manager, Deborah Wallin. General questions about pricing, turnaround time, procedures for sample submission or special instructions for sample processing should be directed to Deborah Wallin (

Upon PI request, expert consultation is available with the Scientific Director, Dr. Louisa Balazs, a board-certified anatomic pathologist with translational research expertise (

Requirements for Sample Submission:

1) All samples must be grossed (prepared in well-labeled tissue cassettes) prior to submission to the core.

2) PIs are responsible for providing the core with empty slide boxes or slide folders to hold all processed samples, or they will be charged for these supplies by the core.

3) Once samples are processed, all tissue blocks, cut slides and stained slides must be retrieved from the core and the PI is then responsible for their storage.

4) Turnaround time is based on business days, not including the date of submission; routine work: 10 business days; priority: 4 business days.


Samples accompanied by a printed copy of the sample submission form that is generated in iLab may be dropped to the core M-F between 8am and 4pm.


Overview of Services

Services provided include:

  1. Process formalin or alcohol fixed tissues
  2. Paraffin embed processed tissues
  3. Cut paraffin blocks
  4. Provide unstained paraffin slides
  5. Provide H&E stained paraffin slides
  6. Cut unstained and/or provide H&E stained cryostat sections
  7. Perform selected special stains
  8. Upon PI request, to provide project pre-experimental design recommendations or to evaluate processed specimens in consultation with the Scientific Director


Pricing is available for download on the UTHSC Institutional Cores website.



Deborah Wallin | Lab Manager |  (901) 866-8734 |

Louisa Balazs, MD, PhD | Scientific Director| (901) 448-6300 |

Abdallah Azouz, MD | Medical Director | (901) 545-7513 |

Tim Hodge | Administrative Manager | (901) 866-8864 |

Tiffany Seagroves, PhD, MBA | Associate VC for Research-Core Labs | (901) 448-5018 |


Location and hours of operation

Located at 930 Madison Avenue on the 5th Floor Room 545A Memphis,TN 38163

Open 8am-4pm

Samples are accepted from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday

Links and Resources

  1. Research Histology
  2. UTHSC Institutional Cores


Name Role Phone Email Location
Tim Hodge
Administrative Manager

Deborah Jean Wallin



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