The research service at the Boise VA Medical Center is excited to announce the opening of its NIH COBRE-funded Histology/Pathology/Imaging Core (HPIC) facility, coming in March 2017.  This well-equipped, expertly staffed and fully functional research facility is designed to provide services, expertise, instrumentation and training for the preparation, imaging and evaluation of experimental tissues and cell preparations by basic and advanced histological and immuno-histochemical methods.

The facility will be located within the Boise VAMC’s Medical Veterinary Unit, an AAALAC-accredited animal research facility available to investigators in our region.  The HPIC Director is Dr. Frederick Bauer, a Board certified Anatomic and Clinical pathologist.  Our Lead Histologist is Ms. Victoria Galarza who trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and who has 10+ years of experience in the clinical and research settings.

HPIC equipment and services will be available to regional investigators on a fee-for-service basis.  INBRE- or COBRE-supported investigators will receive priority with reduced rates for these services which include:

  • Experimental design consultation
  • Processing, sectioning, and staining of frozen or fixed animal and human tissues and cells
  • Routine and advanced tissue staining, including immunohistochemistry
  • Quantitative immunohistochemistry
  • Comparative evaluation and scoring of tissues by Board-certified Clinical and Anatomical Pathologist

Histology/Pathology Equipment

·         Excelsior AS Tissue Processor

·         Gemini Automated Slide Stainer

·         Thermo Scientific HN525 NX Cryostat

·         Cytospin 4

·         Leica Paraffin Embedding Station

·         Jung Biocut 2035 Microtome

Imaging Equipment

·         Zeiss Axiophot fluorescent microscope; includes Excite 120LED illumination system with BFP, GFP, DsRed and Texas Red filters

·         Bartels & Stout Axiocam Digital High Resolution monochromatic and color cameras

·         IVIS Lumina XR Imaging System

·         IonOptix single cell functional imaging system

·         Leica TCS SP8 laser confocal microscope

This shared resource is made possible by NIH Grant P20GM109007 (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) and by support from the Boise VA Medical Center


Contact Information:  Ms. Victoria Galarza; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 208-422-1000 ext 7068