Nadia Rahman
Histopathology Manager

George Elia
Senior Scientific Officer and Tissue Bank Assistant

+44 20 7882 3555


The Pathology service offers a full range of histological techniques for all our researchers and is well equipped to perform a wide range of tissue-based procedures on human and non-human samples. The service provides support to a variety of research projects and offers expert advice on existing procedures.

The service is open to collaborations to develop new procedures/techniques for any potential new projects. This service is available to other Queen Mary departments and to external users.

  • Fixed tissue - processing (embedding in paraffin wax) and cutting of sections.
  • Serial sectioning and sections cut on Palm slides.
  • Frozen tissue - cutting of sections.
  • Haematoxylin & Eosin (H&E) staining of frozen and paraffin sections.
  • Automated Immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining.
  • Includes testing antibodies to human and mouse antigens.

Internal users: please visit the Intranet

QMUL users: please contact George Elia

For external users:

Service Charge per slide
H&E £0.65
Service Charge
Tissue processing and embedding, per block £3.50
Sectioning unstained slide  
-Per block 1st slide £2.90
-Extra slide £1.20
-Extra section on same slide £0.40
Unstained slide (RNA/DNA)  
-Per block 1st slide £3.40
-Extra slide £1.30
-Extra section on same slide £0.40
Frozen section cutting
Service Charge
Unstained slide  
-Per tissue 1st slide £4.70
-Extra slide £1.65
-Extra section on same slide £0.40
Unstained slide (RNA/DNA)  
-Per tissue 1st slide £6.30
-Extra slide £1.70
-Extra section on same slide £0.40
IHC (Ventana)
Service Charge per slide
IHC using DABMap kit (Basic kit) £11.50
IHC using OmniMap MsHRP & RbHRP £15.00

Please note external service users will be charged £10.00 per request admin charge plus delivery charges. Prices listed exclude VAT.

The Pathology Service uses a range of equipment to automate all the steps from tissue processing to staining and has Ventana Discovery and XT systems.

Models used include:

  • Leica ST5010 autostainer and coverslipper (Autostainer XL and CV5030 - Coverslipper) - The Leica Autostainer XL is a robotic staining system for performing all our H&E staining; this system can be adapted for other standard routine staining methods. Please enquire if any other standard staining is required. The Autostainer is attached to a Leica CV5030 fully automated glass coverslipper. This produces slides with superior optical quality for reliable long-term storage. It is designed to coverslip microscope glass slides bearing tissue sections.
  • Leica ASP300 Tissue Processor - Fully enclosed tissue processor that is designed for routine and research histopathology.
  • Leica RM2255 rotary microtome- Designed for fully motorised sectioning of paraffin embedded specimens, our service offers a broad application spectrum in routine and research histology specimens.
  • Leica CM3050 S cryostat - Precise specimen orientation and specimen feed system via a step motor mechanism that ensures reproducible thin serial frozen sections of maximum quality.
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