Saint Louis University

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Saint Louis University School of Medicine provides diagnostic electron microscopy (EM) services for a wide range of surgical specimens as either stand-alone electron microscopic analysis or in conjunction with histological and immunohistochemical services provided by the Histopathology Laboratory.

Diagnostic ultrastructural analysis is available for renal, muscle, tumor, ciliary, heart, liver, nerve and buffy coat and muscle specimens. Specimens may be submitted for technical preparation and interpretation provided by pathologists in the Department of Pathology or for technical preparation only, with slides and micrographs returned to the referring pathologist for interpretation.

Address questions to Dr. Nancy Galvin at (314) 977-7851 or (314) 977-7854 or by e-mail at

Specimens should be shipped to:
Nancy Galvin, Ph.D.
Director, Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Pathology
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Hours of Operation
The Electron Microscopy Laboratory is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Contact Us
* Telephone: (314) 977-7854
* Fax: (314) 977-8740

Request for Services 
Specimens submitted for diagnostic report must be accompanied by a signed requisition complaint with the requirements of the Department of Pathology. Specimens submitted for technical only service must be accompanied by a signed requisition which included the patient name, date of birth, surgical identification number, tissue type and any preliminary diagnostic information when available.

For full diagnostic interpretation, a written report, including representative micrographs as appropriate, will be returned to the referring physician. For technical-only analysis, glass slides of toluidine blue stained plastic sections and electron micrographs in digital format will be returned to the referring physician.

The average turnaround time for reporting is two to three business days.

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