Research Histology Core Laboratory

The ARUP Research Histology Core Laboratory serves the mission of ARUP and Huntsman Cancer Institute, providing high-quality histologic services and consultation to support tissue-based research. We offer discounted pricing for all University of Utah-associated laboratories. Outside of the University of Utah, our services are available on an individual basis.

important   Effective September 28, 2023

All clients will be required to establish a PO in UShop Marketplace before submitting specimens to ARUP Research Histology. See Internal Client Setup for more information.


Research Histology Core Laboratory—ARUP Laboratories
Huntsman Cancer Hospital

1950 Circle of Hope Drive, Room N3970
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.


Project Questions?

Feasibility and technical questions

Immunohistochemical (IHC) staining

External client account setup

Pricing List

Internal Client Setup

Project intake and billing changes effective September 1, 2023:
Existing and new clients will be required to submit projects with an established PO for billing. Internal clients will no longer need to set up an ARUP Research Histology account. Please use the UShop Marketplace link below to set up a PO.

  1. Contact for project feasibility and to receive a Research Histology Requisition Form.
  2. Establish a PO through UShop Marketplace
    UShop Helpdesk: 801-585-2255 or
    HCI finance inquiries:
    Pricing list to assist with purchase order planning: Pricing List
  3. Prepare samples, submit in labeled cassettes submerged in 70% ethanol in a leak-proof container to the Research Histology Core Lab with your printed requisition form.
  4. Following sample submission, a project confirmation email will be sent outlining current turnaround times.
  5. When your project is completed, the provided PO# will be billed and you will be notified via email that your project is ready for pickup in the same location.

For immunohistochemical (IHC) staining, please contact


Services Provided

  • Decalcification
  • Processing
  • Paraffin embedding
  • Tissue sectioning
  • Shaves/scrolls
  • Tissue punches
  • Frozen sectioning
  • Tissue microarray (TMA)
  • Repair of broken slides
  • Wax-dipped slides
  • Special staining

Human Specimens

Utilization of ARUP-owned human archival tissue requires previous approval. When submitting a requisition form to the ARUP Research Histology Core Laboratory, you are declaring that the information provided is complete and correct, acknowledging that the principal investigator has ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the study and the ethical performance of your project, and ensuring that the request is fully compliant with the institutional review board (IRB) protocol number provided. The Research Histology Core Laboratory is not responsible for any protocol violations.


Submission Guidelines

Instructions for submission of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens, recently collected fresh specimens, paraformaldehyde-fixed specimens, and specimens that contain bone

Terms and Definitions

Explanation of terms used in embedding and orientation, cutting/sectioning, and preparation and embedding (of frozen specimens)


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding services and supplies provided, turnaround times, and technical aspects of projects


Recommended Products

Suggested products for submission preparation