Medical Histology and Virtual Microscopy

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Source U-M Histology Collection.

Term: 2009
Published: March 9, 2009
Revised: July 1, 2013

The U-M Histology Collection includes a vast assortment of histology images. Students use a digital microscope tool to access the collection and learn the process of preparing and viewing tissues by light and electron microscopy. Students will learn how cells associate to perform the functions for which they are specialized and how organized groups of cells (tissues) are arranged to form the organ systems of the body. One reason for studying histology (the normal structure) is so that you can better understand a pathological (abnormal) change and the consequences of that change.

Michael Hortsch, Ph.D.

Structure: Collection of histology slides and online digital microscopy tool.

Link to: Histology Slides

Link to: Virtual Microscope

About The Instructor

Michael Hortsch Ph.D.

Michael Hortsch Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since 1991 he has taught medical and dental histology at the University of Michigan, where he is currently directing three graduate level histology courses. In 2012 he received the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Pre-clinical Teaching from the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also involved in generating novel electronic teaching tools and resources, which are available to students enrolled in histology courses at the University of Michigan. more...



  • Diploma in Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin
  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Heidelberg
  • Postdoctoral work at Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley
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