Histology services

We provide timely, high quality histology services and training to staff and students of the University of Auckland as well as external users.

About the Histology Laboratory

The Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging offers a full Histology service available to all faculty and external users. This facility offers a broad range of high quality histological techniques on a fee-for-service basis to investigators. See below for the services provided.

Our services

Training in histological methods:

Equip yourself with essential histological skills through our comprehensive training programs on:

Processing and embedding tissues:

Automatic processing and embedding of tissue samples into wax blocks.


Precision cutting of embedded tissues on a microtome for subsequent staining on glass slides.

Cryostat sectioning:

Sectioning of fresh frozen samples and OCT embedded tissue on a cryostat, facilitating immunohistochemistry or special stains.


Explore a spectrum of staining techniques at our Histology Laboratory, ranging from routine Haematoxylin and Eosin stains to specialized options like Gram stain, Masson's Trichrome, Elastic Van Gieson stains, etc. Our expertise covers a diverse palette of staining methods for comprehensive tissue analysis.


Identification of cell types based on antibody binding to antigens and cell components.

Important forms

Histology request form:

Submit your histology requests conveniently through the Histology request form.

Training form:

Enrol in our histological training programs using our Training form.

Cost and Charges Structure

For information regarding pricing and charges related to our histology services, please contact Dr. Farqad Abdulqader directly who can provide you with a quote and details tailored to your specific needs.

Equipment Usage Policy

  • The Histology Facility is unavailable during weekends and public holidays for safety reasons.
  •  Access is restricted to trained staff and students who have undergone training by Dr. Farqad Abdulqader.

Our location

The Histology Laboratory is located in the School of Medical Sciences the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences' Grafton Campus in 85 Park Road, Grafton.

Our postal address is:

Histology Laboratory
Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
School of Medical Sciences
503 B51
85 Park Road

Please be advised that direct access to the histology laboratory is currently limited. To submit or pick up samples from the lab, please request an appointment with Senior Technologist Farqad Abdulqader

For all enquries please contact:

Dr. Farqad Abdulqader - Senior Technologist


Phone: +64 9373 7599

Farqad is a histology professional with extensive experience in processing tissue samples for research and clinical trials. Farqad is dedicated to advancing the field of histology and making a meaningful impact in the world of medical sciences.