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Comparative Pathology Core Lab


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The CPCL offers whole slide scanning services include brightfield and fluorescence scanning.

The CPCL is a full service histology laboratory offering fast turnaround and consistent, high quality, and reproducible results. Histology services include:

  • Paraffin wax processing and embedding of formalin fixed tissues and cells (FFPE)
  • Thin-sectioning  of paraffin blocks
  • Cryo (frozen) sample preparation and sectioning
  • Histochemical stains including hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), Giemsa, Nissl, Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS).

The CPCL offers pathology review by our team of Board Certified Clinical Pathologists:

  • Histopathology slide review and scoring
  • Study design
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Formal reporting and/or informal discussion

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) services

  • IHC is used for the diagnosis of abnormal cells and the distribution and localization of certain proteins-of-interest in the cell. CPCL will help to detect any marker of interest with high sensitivity and minimum background. All staining will be done semi-automatically or automatically.

CPCL is located in the Department of Pathology on the 5th floor of the Arizona Health Science building (Bldg 201), in rooms 5207, 5207A, and 5210

Core Staff
Monika Schmelz, PhD Professor 520-626-8864 schmelz@arizona.edu
Robert Hershoff Systems Administrator, Senior 520-626-2796 hershoff@arizona.edu
Melanie Miranda Histotechologist msmiranda@arizona.edu
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This facility is administered by the Department of Pathology at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ.