Histology Facility – HF 

The Histology Facility (HF) at AGORA is a specialized histology platform dedicated to providing comprehensive histological analysis services. As a branch of the HF Epalinges platform, it offers a wide range of histology services and equipment to research groups affiliated with AGORA. These services encompass various histological techniques and analyses. Additionally, the facility is committed to supporting research endeavors by providing access to advanced equipment for self-service.


The HF provides several core services:

  • Paraffin embedding and coating
  • Paraffin-embedded sections
  • OCT-embedded sections via cryostat
  • Standard histochemical stainings (H&E, Giemsa) and special stainings upon request
  • Histochemical immunostaining in HRP or fluorescence, possibility of double or triple fluorescence staining
  • Introduction to paraffin sectioning, cryostat sectioning and general advice on histology


The HF equipment:

  • CryoStar NX70 cryostat
  • MicromHM 355S microtome
  • Leica Histocore Arcadia paraffin embedding station
  • Leica ASP 300S VIP machine for paraffin embedding
  • Equipment and buffers for HIER technique (low pH, high pH)
  • Slide hydration / dehydration columns
  • H&E manual staining station
  • Label printer for histology slides