Histology and Immunohistochemistry

1. Phone: 858-822-1011
Email: ucsdhistologycore@gmail.com
Location: Moores Cancer Center, 3855 Health Sciences Drive, #5314 (fifth-floor lab)
Mail Code: MC 0815

2. Phone: 858-246-1174
Email: kkmcintyre@ucsd.edu
Location: The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Assistant Director

Valeria Estrada, MD
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
MC0815 Room 5310
La Jolla, CA 92093
Office Phone: (858) 534-8607
Lab Phone: (858) 822-1011
Mobile: (615) 545-1862
Pager: (619) 290-6422
Email: mvestrada@ucsd.edu

Moores Cancer Center Histology Core Contacts


Service profile

  • Freezing and embedding of tissues for histology
  • Frozen sections
  • Paraffin blocks processing and Paraffin sections
  • Hematoxylin and Eosin staining of sections
  • Specialized histochemical staining
  • Individualized immunohistochemical assays
  • Specialized assays: TUNEL, BrdU, beta galactosidase, etc.
  • Interpretation assistance; mouse histology and pathology
  • Design and interpretation of immunohistology and in situ hybridization analysis


This facility allows a complete histologic phenotypic analysis of tissues from genetically altered mice; embryo to adult. It is indispensable for providing quality control for the presence of cancer in a human tissue sample prior to use in biochemical or molecular biological analysis. Conversely, it establishes the absence of tumor in tissue utilized as a normal control for similar experiments.

Important information

Graphic example of how genetically altered animals can be analyzed optimally

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Graphic example of how genetically altered animals can be analyzed optimally