Cancer Tissue and Pathology

The Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource facilitates discovery by providing high-quality human cancer specimens and comprehensive histopathologic services to cancer researchers.

The aim of the Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource is to support basic, clinical and translational research by providing high-quality human cancer tissues and histopathologic services.

This resource serves individual and team science projects in all the major and developing programs within Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Tissue Biobanking Services

The tissue biobank works with all major disease groups at Winship Cancer Institute to collect, store and distribute tumor and normal control tissues for research. Biospecimens are collected under a central IRB-approved biobank protocol or other disease-specific or specialized protocols. Biospecimens are procured as frozen, fresh, fixed, embedded or other specialized preparation. Tissues and biospecimens are stored or distributed to Winship investigators with IRB-approved protocols to further clinical, translational, basic and epidemiologic research. Quality assurance of specimens is provided by members of the Department of Pathology.

The lab is capable of processing high volumes of tissue samples derived from remnant surgical tissue samples and works in close collaboration with members of each of the main and developing scientific programs of the Winship. The tissue biobank consists of an IRB-approved Human Tissue Procurement Service (HTPS), located within Emory University Hospital and Winship Cancer Institute, with affiliated banking sites at Grady Memorial and Emory University Midtown Hospital.

Histopathologic Tissue Services

Conveniently located on the 5th floor of Winship Building C, the Research Pathology Lab offers comprehensive histopathologic services ranging from tissue embedding and cutting to multiplex IHC. The laboratory can provide for nearly all tissue-based needs of investigators. It is equipped with the following:

  • Automated tissue processor
  • Embedding station
  • Three microtomes and water baths
  • Cryostat
  • Automated slide labeler
  • Automated stainer and coverslipper
  • Automated single and multiplex immunohistochemical stainer
  • Manual tissue microarrayer
  • Semi-automated microarrayer

For digital pathology, the lab provides:

  • Olympus Nanozoomer whole-slide scanner
  • Vectra Polaris multispectral imaging system

Additional equipment includes:

  • A fume hood for manual histologic staining of cryostat sections or benchtop IHC staining.
  • A two-headed microscope with digital camera and imaging software for image capturing.

Contact Information

Cancer Tissue & Pathology Shared Resource
1365C Clifton Road, 5th Floor, E-11/12
Atlanta, GA 30322

Email address

Phone: (404) 778-5108

Publication Acknowledgement Policy

The National Cancer Institute requires that publications acknowledge the Winship Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), and it is tracking compliance. If a Winship Cancer Institute CCSG-supported Shared Resource provided data, designed the study, performed analyses, provided results used in your publication, and/or provided any systems or services that were used for the work that resulted in your publication, please include the following statement in the acknowledgment section of your publication(s):

Research reported in this publication was supported in part by the Cancer Tissue and Pathology shared resource of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and NIH/NCI under award number P30CA138292. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Photo of  Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD
Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD

Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD

Director, Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Sica specializes in the pathology of neuroendocrine tumors of the lung and serves as the director of the Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource.

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