Histology Facility

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The Histopathology Core Facility provides pathophysiology research services for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center biomedical laboratory network in Lubbock, Texas; the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Centers of Emphasis, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedics, and rehabilitation research divisions; and for The University of Texas at El Paso.

The services provided include:

  • Cytological procedures
  • Paraffin and plastic embedding of tissues
  • Microtomy
  • Ultrathin-sectioning
  • Preparation of stained and unstained tissue sections
  • Routine histology
  • Histo-chemistry
  • Immuno-histochemistry
  • Immuno-fluorescence
  • Image reconstruction analysis, including neurolucida ™ reconstructions
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Digital imaging with an image telemedicine server
  • Cryotomy (including laser capture microscopy procedures)
  • Isolation of nucleic acids from paraffin embedded tissues in-situ hybridization and tissue arrays

In the future, this core will be part of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine's Human Tissues Resource initiative. These techniques are used to understand the normal function of organs (physiology) and pathological processes (pathology).

Additional services:

  • Veterinary laboratory services, including plasma measurements of pH, glucose, BUN, creatinine, BUN/creatinine ratio, uric acid, cholesterol, triglyceride, GOT, total bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, GPT, GGT, calcium, total protein, amylase, and plasma osmolality
  • Determinations of hormones and cytokines using Luminex assays based on xMap Technology®
  • Urinalysis services are available using urinalysis chemstrips, microscopy, osmolality using vapor osmometry, microelectrode-based pH and ionogram (Na, K, Cl) measurements.

These techniques are used to understand the normal function or organs (physiology) and pathological processes (pathology).