UTMB Research Histopathology Core


Overview of Services


The Research Histopathology Core (RHC) provides analytical morphology related services to the research teams and educational programs at UTMB. The facility is equipped with the latest available instrumentation and operated by highly skilled personnel, who can assist with tissue preparation, immunohistochemistry including assay optimization, image analysis, digital photomicrography, anatomical consultation, and Insitu hybridization. RHC provides an expanded service including coordinated histopathology support services or develop special protocols to fit your research needs for investigators engaged in research in emerging diseases. We look forward to providing these services to fit your research needs and yield high quality results.


Services included:


  • Tissue processing and embedding
  • Special microtomy and cryotomy
  • Routine and special staining (ADD HYPERLINK) (PICTURES WILL BE PROVIDED)
  • Immunohistochemistry, manually and automated
  • Immunohistochemistry assay development
  • Insitu Hybridization
  • TUNEL staining (manual)
  • Two color immunohistochemistry
  • Immunofluorescence staining


Equipment available for users includes:


  • Tissue arrayer
  • Image analysis software
  • Microtome and cryostat
  • Light and epifluorescent microscope with camera
  • Dissecting microscope with photo image software
  • Cytocentrifuge for preparation of cell smears
  • Training, Extended Assistance, and Consultations








Gustavo Valbuena, MD PHD | Lab Director


Kenneth Escobar, HT ASCP Certified | Lab Manager

Lab phone: 409-747-0735



Location and Hours of Operation




University of Texas Medical Branch

Keiller 1.11 6 B

Galveston, TX 77555


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday to Friday  





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Name Role Phone Email Location
Gustavo Valbuena
(409) 747-0735
Keiller 1.116B
Kenneth Escobar
Lab Manager/Histotechnoligist
(409) 747-0735
BSB 5.539
Kerry Graves
Medical Technologist
(409) 747-0735
BSB 5.539
Natalie Dobias
(409) 747-0735
GNL 5th floor