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, and is directed by Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine faculty. 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.  Other special projects, such as optimizing immunostaining conditions for research samples, or performing routing immunostains for biomarkers may be offered in the future, please inquire with the Scientific Director.


The RHC is located in Rm 544A of the 930 Madison Ave complex and is staffed by experienced clinical pathology histotechnologists and the Scientific Director, Dr. Louisa Balazs, is a board-certified anatomic pathologist with translational research expertise.  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. Provide morphology interpretation consult by the Scientific Director
  9. Provide project consultation by the Scientific Director


Please contact Dr. Balazs for pricing, or visit the UTHSC Institutional Cores website.



Deborah Wallin | Pathology Facility 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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