With over 30 years' staff experience in routine and specialised histology techniques, the Melbourne Histology Platform is well equipped to handle uncommon samples with unconventional or challenging sectioning or staining needs.
As well as offering a full professional histology service, the Melbourne Histology Platform can provide full training in the required histological techniques, which researchers can then perform using the equipment and facilities available on a pay-for-use basis.

Preparing a slide


We perform a range of core and advanced histology procedures including:

  • Paraffin and frozen tissue embedding
  • Paraffin, cryo-and vibro-microtome tissue sectioning
  • Automated haematoxylin and eosin staining
  • Routine and special staining including silver stains
  • Antibody labelling/immunohistochemistry
  • Sectioning and staining of a range of tissues including human, rodent, insect, plant and sea anenomes

Our technical staff have over 30 years’ combined experience in routine and specialised histology techniques.

Histology cross section image


  • Sakura Tissue Tek paraffin processors (staff operated)
  • Sakura Tissue Tek paraffin embedders
  • Microm paraffin microtomes
  • Leica CM1900 cryostat
  • Leica CM1860 cryostats
  • Leica VT1000 S vibrating blade microtome
  • Leica autostainer XL and coverslipper (staff operated)
  • Dako Link 48 automated immunostainer (staff operated)
  • Milestone BoneSTATION sample decalcification system
  • Primera slide printer
  • Pulsar cassette printer

We work in collaboration with key University microscopy services including the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform and the BioSciences Microscopy Unit, and in collaboration with the Phenomics Australia Histopathology and Digital Slide Service.

A researcher using an optical microscope

Complementary Platform Technologies

For more information about the wider platform community, please visit Research Website, which is available to all users.

Research Website

Details about the University’s research infrastructure related resources and services can be found on Research Gateway, which is available to the University of Melbourne staff and Graduate Researchers.

Research Gateway