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As we near the end of 2020 we want to communicate our upcoming closure dates and cut-off dates for submitting material for your planning purposes. We recognize this is a busy time for ongoing research and grant and paper deadlines–if you know you have upcoming deadlines and will have histology needs before the end of December we HIGHLY encourage you to reach out now to ensure you have a place in our queue and a workable timeline for your project.


November 25, 26, and 27 – CLOSED for Thanksgiving

December 21 – January 3rd – CLOSED for Winter Break


There also are some important “last dates” to keep in mind:

Tuesday December 1st– LAST day to drop off material for a guaranteed return date prior to the Christmas holiday. Only those who communicate their needs early and have a pre-arranged and approved timeline with Ashley ( may have an exception.


Monday December 14th– LAST day to drop off material for paraffin embedding prior to January 4th.  All material must be received by 12 pm on Monday December 14th. If you need to talk with one of our staff about how to otherwise store your material until paraffin embedding can be performed please reach out.



We are excited to announce that in accordance with UNC and School of Medicine guidelines​, the Histology Research Core has been approved for increasing our operating capacity beginning MONDAY JUNE 1st 2020.  At this time, we will be able to return to performing work unrelated to Covid-19 ​and/or not deemed “critical” by the university, while maintaining 50% personnel capacity in the lab.  However, there will be some important changes in operational procedures for our customers and those changes are outlined in the “Covid-19” section of our website. 


Welcome to the Histology Research Core where we serve the histology needs of the UNC community and beyond.

We have experience with various organisms including, but not limited to mouse, rat, pig, cat, dog, fish, human and primate. Additionally, we have provided histology services for plants and invertebrates such as coral, caterpillars and even stinkbugs!

We take pride in providing top quality paraffin and frozen sectioning, special staining, and both fluorescent and chromogenic single- and multi-label immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, we recently added in situ hybridization using RNAscope and BaseScope technology to our list of services. Our lab houses an extensive slide catalogue for our customer’s use as positive and negative controls, provides access to HIER for antigen retrieval in conjunction with our IHC/IF services, and offers the CryoJane Tape Transfer system to improve morphology during frozen sectioning.

We offer all services at competitive rates with a quick turn-around time of typically within 2 weeks of sample submission. We are here to talk with you at any stage in the research process about your specific research aims and the best way to achieve the results you need.

Please explore our new website where you can find detailed information about all of our services, submission instructions, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

We are located in rooms 212, 213, 214, and 216 in Taylor Hall at 109 Mason Farm Rd Chapel Hill, NC 27514. We can be reached by phone at (919) 966-1202 or e-mail at Please contact us to discuss your specific research needs!


Meet the Team


Ashley Ezzell

Research Specialist

Kara Clissold

Research Specialist

Curtis Connor