Cancer Tissue and Pathology

The Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource is critical to the overall clinical and scientific mission by enhancing tissue-based investigation through its procurement and distribution of high quality human cancer specimens and its comprehensive histopathologic services.

The Cancer Tissue and Pathology shared resource is highly integrated within Winship Cancer Institute serving individual and team science projects in all of the major and developing programs. 

The tissue procurement component of this shared resource consists of an IRB-approved Human Tissue Procurement Service (HTPS), located within the Emory University Hospital and the Winship Cancer Institute, with affiliated banking sites at Grady Memorial and Emory Midtown Hospitals. Quality assurance of specimens provided is by members of the Department of Pathology.

Tumor and normal control tissues, along with other biospecimens associated with specialized protocols, are procured as frozen, fresh, fixed, embedded or other specialized preparation. Tissues are distributed to Winship investigators with IRB-approved protocols to further the clinical, translational, basic and epidemiologic research. The lab is capable of processing high volumes of tissue samples derived from human disease and animal models and works in close collaboration with members of each of the main and developing scientific programs of the Winship.

Contact Information

CTPS Shared Resource Facility
Charles Butler
Office: (404) 712-2581
Laboratory: (404) 712-7322
Fax: (404) 712-2558

Procurement Lab Coordinator (Grady)
Brian Burns
Phone: (404) 778-1343

Procurement Lab Coordinator (EUH)
Ke Yu
Phone: (404) 712-7322

Procurement Lab Coofdinator (EUHM)
Eman Dosunmu-Doriney
Phone: (404) 686-4614

Conveniently located on the 5th floor of Winship Building C, the Research Pathology Lab is a full service pathology lab. The lab is highly utilized by all Winship research programs and is the source of histologic services for HTPS quality assurance.

The laboratory can provide for nearly all tissue-based needs of investigators. It is equipped with the following:

  • An automated tissue processor
  • An embedding station
  • Three microtomes and water baths
  • An automated slide labeler
  • An automated stainer and coverslipper
  • An automated immunohistochemical stainer

For digital pathology, the lab provides:

  • A cryostat
  • A manual tissue microarrayer
  • A semi-automated mircoarrayer
  • A laser capture microdissection system
  • An Olympus Nanozoomer whole-slide scanner

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

Pathology Shared Resource Lab
Dianne Alexis
Phone: (404) 778-5108

1365C Clifton Road, 5th Floor, E-11/12
Atlanta, GA 30322

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Daniel J. Brat, MD, PhD

Daniel J. Brat, MD, PhD

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

Dr. Brat is a diagnostic neuropathologist and brain tumor researcher at the Winship Cancer Institute where he also directs the Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource.

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Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD

Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Cancer Tissue and Pathology Core
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Please acknowledge the Core Facility in all publications as follows:
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.

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