The University of Queensland provides histology facilities via the School of Biomedical Sciences and Queensland Brain Institute. Services include sample preparation and staining, as well as sectioning and processing.

Histology - School of Biomedical Sciences


 Self and full service: 

  • specialised microscopy systems for tissue preparation, slide production, and histo-chemical staining


  • Hyrax Cryostat
  • Hyrax Microtome
  • Leica Pathcentre
  • Leica cryostat
  • Microm Sliding Microtome
  • Vibratome
  • Histochemical staining



Darryl Whitehead

School of Biomedical Sciences

(07) 3365 1929

(07) 3365 2725

Sir William Macgregor Building (Building 64), School of Biomedical Sciences, St Lucia campus

Histology - Queensland Brain Institute


  • Cryostat and freezing microtome (sledge) tissue processing and sectioning
  • Paraffin embedding and sectioning and Tissue fixation and processing into paraffin and resin using the Biowave
  • Vibratome sectioning
  • Ultrathin sectioning (for electron microscopy)
  • Histochemical staining
  • Immunohistochemical staining  and Tissue clearing protocols including Clarity and IDISCO
  • Several staining methods available on request including silver stains, Luxol Fast Blue, Cresyl Violet (Nissl), and Haematoxylin and Eosin


  • Rotary microtomes
  • Ultramicrotome
  • Vibratomes
  • Sliding microtome
  • Paraffin processor
  • Cryostat


Histology Facility Manager

Doctor Robert Sullivan

Queensland Brain Institute

(07) 3346 6361

Queensland Brain Institute, QBI Building (Building 79), St Lucia campus

Histology - UQ Diamantina Institute


The following equipment is available to UQ users as part of the 'Core Facilities at TRI'.

Self and full service: 

  • tissue processing
  • microtomy
  • cryomicrotomy
  • histo-chemical staining
  • immunohistochemistry


  • Cryo Cut Frozen Microtome
  • Leica Embedding station
  • Microtome Leica
  • Cryostat/CryoJane
  • Automated tissue processor
  • Slide printer (Thermo Fisher)*
  • Cassettes Printer (Thermo Fisher)*
  • Microtome, automated (Leica)*
  • Cryostat, automated (TBD)*
  • Automated cover slipper (Olympus)*
  • Autostainer H&E (Olympus)*
  • Automated IHC system (Dako or Ventana)*
  • Xylene recycler*

(* TRI owned)


Crystal Chang

TRI Histology Facility

(07) 3443 7065

TRI Building (Building 48), Princess Alexandria Hospital campus