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About the Core

The Brody School of Medicine Histology Core (7W-58) is located in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The Core offers a wide range of histology services to support biomedical research of investigators from Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, and other academic institutions.

Our Core staff is experienced in processing tissues from all species used in biomedical research. We provide essential paraffin and OCT histology services as well as various types of histological stains. In addition, the Core can generate high-resolution scans of histological slides. These scans are publication-ready and can be distributed nationwide for pathological evaluation.

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Core Director: Dr. Jeffrey Eells

Jeffrey B. Eells



Dr. Eells has been an Associate Professor at Brody School of Medicine since 2017. He received his PhD from Southern Illinois University, and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill and the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. His research focuses on understanding how environmental experiences, including infections, early life stressors, disrupted circadian rhythms, or exposure to toxins, can increase the risk of developing neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and depression.

Core Manager: Joani Zary, BS



Joani started her histology training as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, and worked as a Research Technician at Pitt’s School of Medicine for 11 years. She has been a Research Specialist at Brody School of Medicine in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department for nearly 30 years. She helped create the Histology Core, and enjoys working with researchers, technicians and students from various departments. Along with her lab duties, she serves as a Staff Senator and Site Coordinator for the Red Cross Blood Drives at Brody School of Medicine.