• About the Lab
  • Technician
  • Equipment
  • Protocol

The Histopathology & Bio-imaging Lab provides techniques, equipment and protocols for bio-imaging and non-destructive 3-D imaging evaluation as well as histopathological examination and histomorphometric analysis for musculoskeletal research and for developing innovative drugs in bone and joint diseases. So far, the lab has established the following techniques.

Ø  Biophotonic-based Fluorescence Imaging Techniques

Lumina XR Series III could sensitively image bioluminescent / fluorescent reporters and differentially evaluate their distribution in various organs within the same animal. It is employed to examine drug delivery by in vivo bio-imaging analysis.

Ø  Histopathological Examination & Histomorphometric Analysis & Gene Expression Analysis in
    specific cells

Non-decalcified histological processing for bone tissue and static / dynamic bone histomorphometric analysis could be performed in the lab. Techniques of wide special stains for bone and cartilage, such as the VonKossa, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), alkaline phosphatase, Gömöritrichrome, safranin O and toluidine blue stains are provided in the lab. Further, laser-captured micro-dissection in combination with Q-PCR analysis for gene expression in specific cells is also established in the lab.



  Ms.Irene Koo (M.Phil.)

  Technical Instructor


  Email: kooching@hkbu.edu.hk


 Ms. Cheung Yeuk Siu (M.Phil.)

  Technical Instructor


  Email: hildacys@hkbu.edu.hk

Ø  Equipment Name: Leica Cryostat

Ø  Location: Rm. 702, SCM

Ø  Technician: Mr. Michael Wong (whwong@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: The Leica Cryostat facilitates preparing frozen sections from decalcified bone tissue for observation under

    a microscope.

Ø  Equipment Name: Leica Rotary Microtome

Ø  Location: Rm. 607, SCM

Ø  Technician: Mr. Michael Wong (whwong@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: Leica Rotary Microtome were used for routine sectioning of paraffin-embedded tissues for observation

    under a microscope.

Ø  Equipment Name: The Lumina XR Series III

Ø  Location: Rm. 602, SCM

Ø  Technician: Ms. Nickie Chan (nickie@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: The Lumina XR Series III pre-clinical in vivo imaging system offers precise optical and X-ray overlay to

    bring the optical signal into anatomical context. Perkin Elmer Life Science’s Living Image® software automates all

    the controls, settings and analysis.

Ø  Equipment Name: Laser Captured Microdissection

Ø  Location: Rm. 609, SCM

Ø  Technician: Mr. Michael Wong (whwong@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: Laser Capture Microdissection system (LCM, PixCell IIe from Aucturus) provides one of the best tools

    available to date for isolation of individual cells or specific populations of cells, or bacteria of interest from tissue

    sections for further molecular and biochemical analysis.

Ø  Equipment Name: Fluorescent microscope with image acquisition system

Ø  Location: Rm. 602, SCM

Ø  Technician: Mr. Michael Wong (whwong@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: The Leica AF6000 advanced fluorescence imaging systems are ideal for applications in fluorescence

    microscopy and image analysis including live cell time-lapse experiments, multi-positioning, z-stacking and

    deconvolution. The versatile, fully integrated solutions offer harmony between hardware and software and combine

    the ultimate speed, reliability, and facilities for experiment design, analysis and operational convenience.

Ø  Equipment Name: Axioplan 2 and Axiophot 2 Universal Microscopes

Ø  Location: Rm. 604, SCM

Ø  Technician: Mr. Michael Wong (whwong@hkbu.edu.hk)

Ø  Description: Zeiss axioplan 2 automated / digital imaging microscope system w/tmc vibration isolation table: zeiss

    fluar 20x, zeiss fluar10x, zeiss fluar 2.5x, zeiss plan neofluar 1.25x, pl 10x / 25 lenses,zeiss axio camera, ebq 100

    isolated illuminator, lep mac 5000 ps automation controller system (ludl eletronic products, inc.), extended travel lep

    stage for loading mulitple slides, tmc isolation table.

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