The Research Microscopy and Histology Core provides a wide range of microscopy equipment
and histological and microscopy services on a fee-for-service basis to researchers
at Saint Louis University, as well as to researchers at other universities and businesses
around the world.
The core is well equipped for all types of microscopy-related techniques and services.
Our technical staff will assist researchers in planning experiments, working at the
microscopes and evaluating results. We also carry out microscopy projects for researchers
at many different starting points. We are sensitive to the importance of getting results
back to the researcher as quickly as possible and we endeavor to maintain the shortest
turn-around-times consistent with sample volume and complexity.
Provide personalized, cost effective and quality sample preparation.
Provide excellent data collection, image processing and morphometric image analysis
Facilitate professional interpretation in imaging research projects.
Equipment and Services
Olympus FV1000 laser scanning confocal microscope
Olympus FV1000 MPE laser scanning and multiphoton confocal microscope
JEOL 1200EX transmission electron microscope
JEOL 5800 scanning electron microscope
Olympus IX81 live cell imaging microscope
Arcturus Pixcell2 laser capture microscope
Olympus VS120 slide scanning system
Leica SP8 TCS STED 3X
Fixation, processing, and sectioning of samples in paraffin, OCT and plastic
We are located within the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Schwitalla
Hall, Room M102. The entrance to the building has been relocated to 3545 Vista Avenue.
Please enter at this address and a guard will direct you to our facility.
In short, no. We only work with samples for research studies. Clinical samples can
be submitted to either the Histopathology Lab (314-977-7874) or the Clinical Electron
Microscopy Lab (314-977-7854). For research samples using human tissues, please check
with us for policies regarding IRB approval.
Investigators within SLU can bring the sample to our lab or call us and to arrange
pick up from a lab. Those in the St. Louis metropolitan area can bring the sample
to our lab or send it via FedEx or private courier. Out-of-state clients usually
send samples via FedEx or UPS.
We are very cognizant of the fact that you need results in a timely manner. If you
submit a small number of samples (one to five), we can obtain results relatively quickly.
Expedited requests incur an additional fee.
If you have been trained to use the microscopes, you can do your own scope work. There
will be a charge for scope time, but no additional charge for RMHC personnel. Training
times are scheduled between 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. Please contact us well in advance
to schedule an appointment.
We suggest that you discuss your project with us at the outset to determine which
procedures will yield the specific information you need. We can provide the appropriate
fixative and even assist with dissections to ensure the best possible outcome for