The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Histology-Biospecimen Resources & Molecular Analysis

The Biospecimen Resource and Molecular Analysis (BRAMA) Facility works with surgeons and pathologists at Baystate Medical Center to acquire tissues needed for research. There is currently a bank of over 200 normal breast tissues with associated interview data as well as data and specimens (blood and tissue) from breast cancer patients who are enrolled in the Rays of Hope Breast Research Registry. Collections are ongoing to support fresh tissue needs.  We hope to expand collections to several other tissue types in the near future depending on investigator requirements.

The histology core in the BRAMA facility has the capability to process and paraffin embed human, animal and plant tissues, section fixed or frozen tissues, as well as perform histological analyses.

  • Immunohistochemical analysis using a xx autoimmunostainer allows for larger batch staining with antibodies in a controlled fashion.  
  • A laser capture micro-dissection microscope is present for isolation and analysis of specific cell  populations in fixed and frozen tissues.
  • We have ongoing projects supporting Genome-Wide Analyses of microdissected tissues.  

Technical staff is available for training as well as performing all histological tasks. A price list for services is available for internal and external academic institutions. Non-academic institutions should contact Sallie Schneider to discuss pricing and requests.

  • 2 DAKO auto-immunostainers
  • conventional robotic histology system
  • Leica autostainer
  • Leica autoprocessor
  • Leica CM3050 cryostat


  Internal Academic External
Processing and Embedding      
Process and embed only per block  $4.50 $5.95 $7.90
Process, embed, and H&E per block $7.50 $10.00 $13.50
Dissection for processing and embedding (per hour) $32.00 $43.00 $57.00
Sectioning with or without H&E Staining      
H&E staining from an existing block per slide $3.00 $4.00 $5.50
Unstained slides from an existing block per slide $2.00 $2.75 $3.75
Independent use of microtome (per hour) $21.00 $29.00 $38.00
Frozen Section      
Mandatory consultation for all new frozen work $54.00 $71.00 $93.00
Snap freezing, embedding for samples per block $10.00 $13.00 $18.50
Cryosectioning (per hour) $32.00 $43.00 $57.00
Independent use of cryotome (per hour) $21.00 $29.00 $38.00
Laser Capture Microscopy      
Personnel time $47.00 $63.00 $83.00
Training $60.00 $79.00 $104.00
Use of LCM after training (per hour) $21.00 $28.00 $37.00
Supplies-Chargeback current costs      

Tissue Procurement Services

  Internal Academic External
Tissue Collection (Breast & Ovarian Registry)      
Fresh tissue collection (per sample) $21.00 $29.00 $38.00
Snap Frozen Tissue $18.85 $25.00 $33.00
Section of paraffin tissue (3-6 uM) from BRaMA bank
(per section)
$3.10 $3.75 $5.00
Section of paraffin tissue (7-20 uM) from BRaMA bank
(per section)
$4.10 $4.75 $6.00
HMEC Cells (p0) (per sample) $319.00 $420.00 $550.00
HMEC Cells (p1) (per sample) $345.00 $450.00 $595.00
HMEC Cells (p2) (per sample) $370.00 $490.00 $645.00
Whole organ culture (per sample) $44.00 $58.00 $76.00
Conditionally immortalized HMEC cells (per sample) $370.00 $490.00 $645.00
Fresh spheroids $20.50 $28.50 $37.50
Organoids (per line) $145.00 $192.50 $255.00
Custom Collection (requests for speciments are reviewed to ensure the availability of tissues)      
Fresh tissue collection (per sample) $21.00 $29.00 $38.00
Whole organ culture (per sample) $44.00 $58.00 $76.00
Snap frozen tissue (50mg) $4.50 $6.00 $8.00
Blood Collection (Banked from Registry)      
Blood-Unprocessed $9.75 $12.75 $17.00
Blood-FTA spots (per spot) $17.00 $22.50 $29.50
Blood-plasma or serum (0.5mL) $18.00 $24.00 $32.00
Buffy coat (0.1mL) $18.00 $24.00 $32.00
Custom Collection (requests for speciments are reviewed to ensure availability of tissues)      
Blood-unprocessed Contact for pricing    
Blood-plasma or serum (0.5mL) Contact for pricing    
Blood specimen processing Contact for pricing    


  Internal Academic External
Additional Services Available (Add on Services)      
Special Stains      
Customer responsible for cost of reagents varies varies varies
Staining (per hour) $33.00 $43.00 $57.00
Customer responsible for cost of primary antibody varies varies varies
Per hour rate $33.00 $43.00 $57.00
IRB Assistance (per hour) $54.00 $70.00 $95.00
IHC (per slide) $10.00 $13.00 $18.50
  • Any Dako FlexKit usage will increase cost - contact BRaMA for additional information
  • Antibody optimization is required
Consultation Fees      
Histology consultation $54.00 $70.00 $95.00
Expedited service request $0 $0 20%
Common Supplies      
Cassette $0.70 $0.95 $1.25
Slide Boxes $5.00 $6.60 $8.75

Updated on 08/24/20

Please download our Histology Request Form. Upon completion please email to Sallie Schneider at Please contact Roxanne LaBonte at 413-794-0523 or with questions.