Research Immunohistology Lab

Research Immunohistology Lab

A Shared Resource Fee-for-Service Laboratory

The Research Histology Laboratory is an integral and essential component of the Department of Pathology. It functions as a service laboratory with the primary role of providing specialized support to the autopsy service and multiple investigators at Duke. The Research Histology Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that provides routine and specialized histological services, as well as immunohistochemical stains. The laboratory is used heavily, with approximately 9500 paraffin blocks embedded during the past year and 72,000 slides prepared. Approximately 5600 immunohistochemical stains were performed during the past year. The staff provides assistance with respect to the proper collection and fixation of the tissue, immunohistochemical staining procedures, and the evaluation of the stains.

Director: Shannon J. McCall MD,   919-684-2531
Research Program Leader: Aubrey Schild, 919-681-6042
Laboratory Manager: Thomas Ribar, 919-684-4530
Scientific Director: Zuowei Su PhD,  919-684-1727

Emily Knutson, HTL (ASCP)
Ronald Patterson, HT
Jeffrey Groth, HT (ASCP); part time


Services Offered

  • Routine paraffin processing, embedding, and sectioning
  • Hematoxylin and eosin (H+E)
  • Frozen Sectioning
  • Immunohistochemical Staining


Please call if you need a stain not listed here. Contact Dr. Zuowei Su at  919-684-1727 to discuss your immunostaining needs, and see the list of our currently available stains. If the antibody you need is not on our list, then please contact Dr. Su for advice and assistance. A list of some commonly requested stains are:

  • Beta Amyloid Protein (BAPP)
  • Alpha-Synuclein
  • BAF47, CD3, CD4, CD8, CD15, CD31, CD34, CK(AE1/AE3), CK14
  • Cleaved Caspase 3
  • Estrogen Receptor Alpha, F4/80, FoxP3, GRP78, HAM56, HMB45, Ki67, GFAP, Mart-1, Neurofilament (NFP), p53, S100, Synaptophysin

Special Stains

  • Acid fast stain
  • Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Luxol fast blue
  • Masson trichrome
  • Methenamine silver
  • Periodic acid Schiff (for fungus or basement membrane staining)


  • Medite RCM7000 automatic coverslipper
  • Sakura Tissue Tek VIP 5 Tissue Processor
  • Miles Tissue Tek VIP 4617 Tissue Processor
  • Sakura Tissue Tek 5 tissue embedding console
  • Leitz, Reichert-Jung, Leica, and Thermo Scientific microtomes
  • Shandon and Leica cryostats
  • Automatic Leica H&E Slide Stainer
  • Dako immunohistochemistry autostainer
  • Ventana Discovery Ultra automated immunohistochemistry staining system


You will find us on the second floor of Davison Building /Duke Clinic (Duke South) in Room 261 Green Zone
Research Immunohistology Lab
Department of Pathology
DUMC 3712
Room 261 Davison Green
Trent Drive
Durham NC 27710


Hidden Staff/Faculty: 
Zuowei Su, MD, PhD


Price List

Zuowei Su, PhD

Zuowei Su, PhD

Scientific Director

Office: 919-684-1727

Emily Knutson, HTL (ASCP)

Emily Knutson, HTL(ASCP)


Office: 919-684-6209

Ronald Patterson

Ronald Patterson


Office: 919-684-6209

Jeffrey Groth, BA

Jeffrey Groth, BA HT(ASCP)


Office: 919-668-2177