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The mission of the histology facility at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is to meet the expanding research needs of basic scientists and clinical researchers who require tissue processing. Our facility offers both standard and tailored research-specific histology services, catering to a diverse range of tissue samples and employing various staining techniques based on specific research objectives. We are equipped with an automated tissue processor, embedding station, motorized microtomes, autostainer, coverslipper, cryostats and a vibratome that allow tissue processing to be carried out rapidly and reproducibly.

The histology facility offers:

  • Full-service processing of tissue samples. Services include consultations, tissue processing, decalcification, paraffin embedding, paraffin sectioning, cryosectioning, vibratome sectioning,routine and special staining.
  • Training on histological equipment.
  • Do-it-yourself access to histological equipment.

For a full listing of equipment, see the Equipment page. For services and fees, see the Services and Fees pages. Services are available to the SRI community and to investigators from external institutions.

The facility is overseen by:

Dr. Carol Schuurmans
Facility director and senior scientist, SRI
Dixon Family Chair in Ophthalmology Research
Tel: 416-480-6100 ext. 63266
Email: cschuurm@sri.utoronto.ca

The facility is operated by:

Petia Stefanova
Facility manager and qualified histotechnologist, SRI
Tel: 416-480-6100 ext. 63356
Email: pstefanova@sri.utoronto.ca

The facility is located in S wing on the fourth floor, in room 408, in a secure, card-accessed facility at SRI. Access to the histology facility and core services are described on the Facility access page.


Petia Stefanova

416-480-6100 ext. 63356

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, S4 408
Toronto, ON Canada M4N 3M5