Melbourne Histology Platform

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The Melbourne Histology Platform helps researchers and clinicians to investigate human, plant and animal anatomy at the microscopic level, to diagnose disease and to understand disease processes.

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We help researchers with high quality biological tissue preparation, processing and staining for histology. We also offer training and consulting services for experimental design.

Our procedures include:

  • Processing routine and specialised tissues
  • Paraffin and frozen tissue embedding
  • Paraffin-, cryo- and vibrating-microtome tissue sectioning
  • Automated haematoxylin and eosin staining
  • Routine and special staining, such as silver stains
  • Antibody labelling/immunohistochemistry.

We have experience with a wide range of samples and projects. For example we have:

  • Refined specialised bone section staining to age frogs for a long-term conservation project
  • Developed immunohistochemistry protocols
  • Optimised a sectioning technique for dairy product samples for bio-engineering research.


  • Automated haematoxylin and eosin stainer
  • Automated immunostainer
  • Cryostats/cryo-microtomes
  • Paraffin embedder
  • Paraffin processors
  • Paraffin microtomes
  • Vibratome/vibrating-blade microtome.

User information

The platform is open to all researchers at the University of Melbourne and affiliated institutes on a self-operating or a fee-for-service basis.

Other platforms

We work closely with the Australian Phenomics Network Histopathology service, including offering a transfer service for slide scanning and histopathology reporting.

The platform can also be used in conjunction with the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform and the BioSciences Microscopy Unit.

Image: Gavan Mitchell

Contact us

Phone: +61 3 8344 5752

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More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.