Nicola Parry

University of Surrey
After graduating from veterinary school at the University of Liverpool, Dr Nicola Parry spent several years working in mixed general practice in the UK before moving to the USA to pursue residency training and board certification in Anatomic Pathology at the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). Her career has predominantly centered on academia, including serving as Chief of Pathology in the Division of Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Head of Pathology at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After almost 22 years working in the USA, Dr Parry returned to the UK in 2021 to join the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

Articles by Nicola Parry

Go For Gram! Staining Bacteria for Light Microscopy

Go For Gram! Staining Bacteria for Light Microscopy

The Gram stain is another commonly used special stain in the histology lab. Why use a Gram stain? The Gram stain is a type of differential staining technique which represents an important initial step in the characterization and classification of bacteria using a light microscope. It is named after a Danish scientist, Hans Christian Gram,…

Don’t See Red! Use Oil Red O- A Histological Stain For Fats And Lipids.

What Does Oil Red O Stain? Oil Red O (‘ORO’) is used to demonstrate the presence of fat or lipids in fresh, frozen tissue sections. Introduced by French in 1926, ORO is a fat-soluble diazo dye, and is classified as one of the Sudan dyes which have been in use since the late 1800s. Like…

Microscopists: Have you Tried Trichrome?

Have You Tried Trichrome? The trichrome stain is one of the most commonly used special stains in every histology lab. The pedantic meaning of the word trichrome is “three-coloured”, referring to how the technique differentially stains tissue samples in three colors. However, the term is now actually used to describe any staining method using two…

An Introduction to Special Stains

An Introduction to Special Stains

It’s unclear exactly how the term ‘Special Stains’ first arose in the world of histology, but it refers to empirical and histochemical staining techniques that significantly contributed to the advancement of histology in the late 19th century. In a nutshell, these stains are ‘Special’ because they are not routine – simple as that. Therefore, Special…

The Poor Man’s Polariser…Got Shades?

The Poor Man’s Polariser…Got Shades?

I recently introduced you to the concept of polarising microscopy. Naturally, if evaluating refractile material is an everyday part of your research, it is definitely worth investing in a professional polariser modification for your microscope. But if you only use a polariser occasionally, this might not be the best use of your lab’s money. In…

What You Ought To Know About Polarising Light Microscopy

What You Ought To Know About Polarising Light Microscopy

Polarising microscopy involves the use of polarised light to investigate the optical properties of various specimens. Although originally used predominantly in the field of geology, it has recently become more widely used in medical and biological research fields too. Polarising light microscopy is a contrast-enhancing technique to allow you to evaluate the composition and three-dimensional…

How Köhler Illumination Can Help You See The Light

How Köhler Illumination Can Help You See The Light

Although the microscope is probably the most commonly used biological instrument, it is frequently used improperly. The rate-limiting step to getting high quality microscopic images is illumination of your specimen. When you examine a specimen under the microscope, the intensity and distribution of light must be clear and equal to enable you to evaluate all…

What Everybody Ought to Know About the Light Microscope

What Everybody Ought to Know About the Light Microscope

If you’re starting your PhD or post-doctoral work, chances are you’ll need to use a light microscope at some stage during your research. Some of you may be seasoned microscopists. For many of you though, this might be the first time you’ve ever plugged in a microscope, or at least the first time you’ve used…