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 COHR: Center for Oral Health Research | Oral Histology & Digital Imaging Core | Oral Cancer Research | L-COHR Histology


The Laboratory Core (L-COHR) within the Center for Oral Health Research is dedicated to providing MUSC researchers with the equipment, techniques, and technical expertise necessary to study all aspects of oral health and disease.  L-COHR services are available to researchers at MUSC and other institutions. The facility is equipped with state of the art equipment and experienced staff to assist both new and experienced researchers.  Service requests can be submitted through iLab (

Researchers are encouraged to consult with L-COHR staff prior to sample preparation.  Staff are available for:
•Assistance with sample preparation, processing and analysis
•Experimental design consultation
•Training in specialized techniques

Histology Services:
L-COHR offers a wide variety of histology services including sample processing, embedding, sectioning and staining.  Highly trained staff are available for consulation regarding sample preparation and processing prior to submission and to assist researchers with selection of appropriate methods and histological stains.  L-COHR also offers immunhistological staining of tissue sections to customers.  Samples can be submitted to the Core along with the histology service request form (below).  Plastic embedding and sectioning of mineralized tissues are also available.

Services available include:
Paraffin processing and embedding
Generation of paraffin sections
Generation of frozen tissue sections
H&E staining
Specialized histological stains
Assistance with sample isolation/dissection
Immunohistochemical staining

Plastic or ground embedding and sectioning

Contact Information:

Kylie Martin, BS
Research Specialist
BSB 129
(843) 792-5122
Charlye Christie, MS
Research Specialist
BSB 129
(843) 792-5122
Johannes Aartun, MS
Research Specialist
BSB 129
(843) 792-3768

Hong Yu, MD
Co-Director L-COHR
BSB 230A
(843) 792-0203

Courtney J. Haycraft, PhD
L-COHR Director
BSB 230D
(843) 792-8095

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