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The UW SDRC is a collaborative community of scholars including 57 members from 20 departments in six Schools and seven Institutes, all studying cutaneous biology and skin diseases at the UW. Funded by a highly competitive grant from the NIH and bolstered by School and Departmental funds, the UW SDRC leverages more than $4 million in funding to provide facilities, seminars, and seed money to a growing research community.

What Can We Do For You?

We offer the following services to the skin disease research community:

Cell Culture Preparation and Training

For a nominal fee, we offer the following cell culture services:

  • Preparation for primary cells and established cell lines for both human and mouse cells
  • 3-D Cultures
  • Lentivirus production and Electroporation
  • Mycoplasma testing with a 24-hour turnaround time
  • Specialty cell culture medium preparation
  • Cell culture training for lentivirus and electroporation productions only

Download the Cell Culture Order Form and Fee Schedule.

Email completed order forms to

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Skin Sample Library

The Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core has a library of skin specimens available to researchers interested in skin biology, including:

  • Normal human skin (identified and de-identified)
  • Samples of various human skin diseases (identified and de-identified)
  • Fresh tissue samples, in addition to formalin-fixed parraffin-embedded tissue samples.

See the section below for information on Histology, IHC, and in situ hybridization services.

To order tissue slides and samples, fill out the Tissue Request Form and send to

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Histology, Immunohistochemistry/In situ Hybridization

The Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core offers the following Histology/IHC/ISH services:

  • Routine histology services ranging from specimen processing & embedding to special stains
  • Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization for new and established antigens, with standardization of results through automation
  • Normal and benign formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded control tissues

To order tissue slides and samples, fill out the Tissue Request Form and send to

To order IHC services, fill out the IHC Request Form and send to

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Tissue Micro Array Construction

The Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core can build TMAs from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue blocks to your research needs.

Requests for TMA construction require consultation: Please submit a summary including a scientific basis for your project, a brief description of what your project needs are, and your source of funding to

Prices vary depending on the scope of your project.

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inForm TissueFinder Advanced Image Analysis Software

The Experimental Cutaneous Pathology Core offers access on a reservation basis to the inForm® Tissue Finder™ Advanced Image Analysis Software for research pathology.

This software is used to analyze images obtained from the Nuance™ and Vectra™ multispectral imaging system.

  • Request Access (download form): You must be trained and designated by your PI as an authorized user to use our software. Please download and submit the request form to
  • Location: Our software station is located in the ECPC Laboratory, Room 402 SMI, 1300 University Ave.

We offer training sessions and hands-on technical assistance to researchers interested in using the software. Please send any requests for training and assistance to

Hourly rates:

inForm® Tissue Finder™ software Non UW SDRC Member UW SDRC Member
Self-Service $26/hour $18.20/Hour
Assistance provided by ECPC personnel $35/hour $35/hour
Assistance provided by pathologist $100/hour $100/hour

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Pilot Grant RFA

Our spring 2022 RFA has closed. Please direct questions about the application or the Pilot and Feasibility Program to

Read more about the Pilot and Feasibility Studies Program!

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Become a UW SDRC Member

To become a member of the UW SDRC, Please submit the following to

  1. A current CV or biosketch
  2. A paragraph outlining dermatology-specific research purposes (dermatology-related personal statement included with a biosketch would satisfy this requirement).

Material will be evaluated by the UW SDRC Executive Committee for final approval.

Please see the Members page for more details.

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Support the UW SDRC

Our research supports the clinical and academic missions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Your financial support helps us in our search for treatments and cures for rare and common skin diseases.

Please see the Donate page for ways you can contribute to our work!

If you would like to discuss specifics about giving to Dermatology, please contact our administrative office by calling 608-287-2620 and ask for our Department Chair, or send an email.

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