Histology & Research Laboratory

Histology and IHC LaboratoryThe Histology & Research Laboratory provides histology services, including frozen sectioning, tissue grossing, fixation, and sectioning, optimization and performance of IHC, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated dUTP Nick End Labeling (TUNEL) assays and other special stains, and TMA production.

This laboratory is under the supervision of Ms. Colleen Forster, a histotechnologist with special qualification in immunohistochemistry (certified through the American Society of Clinical Pathology). This laboratory typically serves dozens of research laboratories across the University per year, and annually processes approximately:

  • 3,500 tissue blocks
  • 3,000 H&E stains
  • 200 immunofluorescence studies
  • 2,500 immunohistochemical studies
  • 8,400 unstained slides
  • 50 new antibody protocol developments


The 1008 ft2 laboratory is located in room B173 of the Phillips Wangensteen Building. It is equipped with standard histology equipment, a tissue microarrayer (MTA I, Beecher Instruments, Sun Prairie, WI), and two Nemesis 7200 automated immunostainer platforms.