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Stem Cell Pathology Unit

Director: Alexander Nikitin, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Leader, Cornell Stem Cell Program

Pathologists: Andrew D. Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, Assistant Professor,

Advisory Board:

Robert D. Cardiff, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pathology
Director, Center for Genomic Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA

John P. Sundberg, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor of Pathology, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

Jerrold M. Ward, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Veterinary Pathologist, Global VetPathology, Montgomery Village, MD

In addition to routine pathology services supporting animal phenotyping for stem cell research projects, the Stem Cell Pathology Unit provides a critical link between animal modeling and intravital and histopathological analysis. Specifically, pathologists offer advice on selection of the most appropriate animal strains suitable for particular studies at the time of experimental design of genetically modified animals. Please see the service schedule below to identify the pathologist on service. Pathology support can be requested during initial interactions with the personnel of the Stem Cell and Transgenics Core Facility or by directly contacting pathologists of the Stem Cell Pathology Unit. Pathologists are also available for interactions with the Core Stem Cell Optical Imaging Unit, thereby allowing direct comparative analysis of intravital findings with anatomical and histological lesions.

Additional functions of Stem Cell Pathology Unit are:

1) Preparation and analysis of virtual histological slides

2) Development of stem cell pathology methods

3) Development of stem cell pathology as a discipline

The efforts of the Unit are complemented by the Section of Anatomic Pathology.


Pathology Service Fees

Gross pathology and histopathology services for research animals are available through the Section of Anatomic Pathology.  These cases will be submitted like diagnostic cases to the pathology service; however, arrangements must be made prior to submitting tissues or animals.  The fees are the same as the diagnostic service fees (see, plus a $30 research surcharge.  Slides and paraffin blocks can be returned to the investigator or stored in the pathology archives.  Please contact Andrew Miller ( to schedule pathology services for research subjects.


ScanScope Service Fees



Cornell Outside Cornell
Use of ScanScope CS0, CS2, or FL per hr $10 $40 $100


ScanScope CS Training: $120/2hr session
ScanScope FL Training: $120/2hr session

Training sessions are designed for new users, and will cover general use of the machine, how images are saved, and image analysis.

Data Storage: $0.07/GB per month w/a 1 month grace period

1) Create an account with the Aperio member center (
2) Complete the Aperio ScanScope CS Basics course
3) If you have any additional questions, email Marco Hiller (mh2247) to schedule a time to meet.

All users must fill out the attached User Form, which must be completed before you start scanning. This form will provide us with billing information, and details necessary for scheduling scanning time. Upon receipt of this form, users will be added to the scheduling calendars, and may begin scanning.