Research Histopathology Core (RHC)

Histopathology_Core_Logo_smThe Research Histopathology Core (RHC) with laboratories in both Galveston National Laboratory and Basic Science Building provides analytical morphology related services to the research teams and educational programs at UTMB. The facility is equipped with the latest available instrumentation and operated by highly skilled personnel, who can assist with tissue preparation, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, Insitu hybridization, including assay optimization, image analysis, digital photomicrography, and anatomical consultation. RHC provides an expanded service including coordinated histopathology support services or developing special protocols to fit your research needs for investigators engaging in research in emerging diseases. RHC looks forward to providing these services to fit your research needs and yielding high quality results.


Dr. Marjan AfrouzianDr. Marjan Afrouzian is the director of the Research Histopathology Core since 2015. She joined the department of Pathology in 2011 and started her career at UTMB as the director of Renal Pathology Services. Dr. Afrouzian earned her Medical Degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. Her residency training in anatomical pathology was at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed research and clinical fellowships at multiple institutions including the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. She is American board certified in anatomical pathology with subspecialty in nephropathology and special interest in Genitourinary and Head and neck pathology. Her areas of research include organ transplantation including Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) in renal allografts and mechanisms of renal fibrosis in native kidney diseases.

Kenneth R. Escobar (Laboratory Manager) is an ASCP certified Histotechnologist with 30 years experience in clinical/diagnostic and research histopathology.