Electron Microscopy and Histology Core
The Core is supported by the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Augusta University and user fees. The core is available to all Augusta University-affiliated investigators and off-campus investigators.
The mission of the Electron Microscopy and Histology Core is to provide high quality services at an affordable cost to research investigators at the Augusta University and external research facilities. The core occupies ~3,000 sq. ft. and is located on the first floor of the Carl Sanders Research and Education Building (CB1113). The Core is well equipped and offers a variety of specimen preparation services for transmission and scanning electron microscopy, vibratome, paraffin, cryostat and JB-4 sectioning.
The Core, which operates on a fee-for-service basis, offers routine H&E staining and various histological special stains, PASH, Masson Trichrome, Van Gieson and many others. The Core offers investigators a full line of immunohistochemical services including immuno-EM studies. It is a full service facility, and augments research by providing expensive, specialized equipment and experienced technical staff to perform ultrastructural analyses.
The experienced Core staff performs all aspects of the ultrastructural procedures from specimen processing to imaging (for Electron Microscopy, TEM and SEM) and processing, sectioning and staining for light microscopy (paraffin, cryostat, and JB-4). Dr. Sylvia Smith, Ph.D. Regents’ Professor and Chair is Director of the Core.
Additional staff members include Tania Green, BS,BA, (CEMT Certified), expert in TEM, HPLC, GC, GCMS, Dr. Brendan Marshall, an expert in Electron Microscopy and Immunohistochemistry; Ms. Elizabeth Perry (MSA Certified), an expert in Electron Microscopy (TEM, SEM and IEM) and Immunohistochemistry; and Ms. Donna Kumiski, an ASCP Certified Histotechnologist. Newly added services include sectioning of calcified bone specimens and EM-cryosectioning for EM-cryoimmunodetection.
We encourage all users, but particularly new users, to contact the staff to discuss the objectives and requirements of the studies they intend to conduct before embarking on those studies. During the initial consultation, the staff and investigator will discuss the investigator's objectives, the respective responsibilities of the investigator and the Core staff in accomplishing the work, the methods to be used, a time frame in which the results could be completed, and the potential cost of the studies.