Histopathology Unit

The Histopathology Unit (HU), located at the Marco Polo wing at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) provides assistance and technical work in Histology, for all IGC scientists. Service is provided by Joana Rodrigues Lóios and Andreia Mindouro, Histology Technicians. Since October 2015, Dr. Pedro Faísca joined the team as the Pathologist and Head of the Unit. In 2020 Mafalda Casanova started a position as a Veterinarian.

Mission Statement

As part of the Scientific Facilities and Technology Implementation of IGC, the Histopathology Unit has two major roles: provide high quality preparations for microscopic analysis and pathology support to IGC scientists investigating animal models of human disease. Another main goal for the Unit is to provide histology solutions to other model organisms in research. The Histopathology Unit is open to all internal groups in IGC but also to associate laboratories, academic institutions and private companies.

General description of the Unit at the IGC

As histopathology is a valuable instrument in scientific research, our laboratory, is equipped for three main techniques:

  • Microtomy
  • Vibrotomy
  • Cryotomy

In addition, the in-house experimental pathologist assists in:

  • Morphology and morphometry assessment
  • Bright-field Image analysis
  • Stereology

Since 2017, high quality image acquisition is also available with a slide scanner (NanoZoomer - SQ Digital Slide Scanner).

In 2019 we started using the Visiopharm´s stereology software.

In 2020 the Facility acquired a new equipment, Leica RM2255 Fully Automated Rotary Microtome.