Vanderbilt Vision Research Center



Welcome to the Vanderbilt Eye Institute Histology Core. The Core offers services to Vanderbilt Vision Research members on a first come first server basis, with priority given to jobs submitted by “investigators”, followed by those submitted by “associates”, and finally, “affiliates”.


Purnima Ghose
Phone: (615) 936-6866

The histologist would like to meet with everyone before they start their project. How the samples are prepared is so crucial to the quality of the slides. Please contact the histologist to go over your projects and make the best plan so the histologist can provide you with top quality service.

Services Available

Tissue processing, embedding, and sectioning
• Hematoxylin & Eosin staining
• Special stains

• Including antibody workup

Frozen sections

Special techniques as needed

Histology Service Policy and Procedure

The Histology Service will be administered according to the guidelines of the NEI Core grant that supports it. In short, the Core grant pays for labor and the investigator must pay for supplies.

VVRC Histology Core FAQs

1. Where is the VVRC Histology Core Lab?
11425 Langford – MRB IV

2. Who can use the VVRC Histology Core Lab?
Anyone associated with the VVRC can use the Histology Core Lab. This includes investigators funded by the VEI, as well as associates and affiliates of the VVRC.

3. How do I become a VVRC member?
Any scientist interested in ophthalmology and visual sciences can apply for VVRC membership. The first step is contacting the VVRC Director, David Calkins. He can be reached at

How do I use the VVRC Histology Core Lab?
Start with an email to the histologist. A meeting will then be arranged to discuss your needs for your project and make a detailed plan to address your special needs.

5. How long does it take to have my work completed?
Everyone’s project is important. Our goal is to work as quickly as we can to provide top quality work on the projects in the order they were received. If you have a deadline to meet, special consideration may be made in consultation with the histologist.

6.What do I need to bring with my samples?
A completed work order request and a signed 1180 funds transfer form.

7. What is the acknowledgement policy?
If you have used VVRC Histology Core services, it is appropriate to acknowledge the services of the Core in the following manner:

Vision Core Grant: P30 EY08126.

If the histologist has substantially assisted in the design, execution, and interpretation of you data, it is appropriate to consider an authorship role for the histologist in consultation with the Core Director.

Module Director: David Calkins, Ph.D.
Office: 11425 Langford -MRBIV
Phone: (615) 936-6412
E-mail: david.j.calkins@Vanderbilt.Edu

Histologist: Purnima Ghose
Office: 11425 Langford – MRB IV
Phone: (615) 936-6866