Biomedical Lab Sci



Course code:68111

Joana Sofia Cadilha Franco

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:
  • Histology involves all aspects of tissue biology, with the focus on how cells’ structure and arrangement optimize functions specific to each organ.
  • The main objective of the course of Histology is that the students acquire capabilities to recognize the morphology of normal cells and tissues, knowing its microscopic and submicroscopic structures. Another objective is the functional perspective associated with the different cellular morphologies as a way to better understand how changes in the form induce alterations in the function and the same happens in reverse.
  • At the end of CUnit, students must also be able to carefully observe histological preparations, be autonomous and apply the appropriate terminology in the arguments used to defend their interpretations.
  1. Microscope. Routine stainings
  2. The cell. Characteristics. Functions
  3. Epithelium types
  4. Connective and support tissue
  5. Muscle tissue. Musculoskeletal system
  6. Nervous Tissue. Central and peripheral systems
  7. Blood. Cardiovascular system. Lymphoid system
  8. Immune system
  9. Skin and Appendages
  10. Respiratory system
  11. Digestive System. Liver
  12. Urinary System
  13. Female and male reproductive systems
  14. Endocrine system


Practical application of the knowledge acquired in the identification of cells and tissues in histological preparations.
Using the microscope.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Lowe JS & Anderson PG (2014) Stevens & Lowe's Human Histology. 4th ed. Mosby
  • Mescher AL (2013) Junqueira's Basic Histology: Text and Atlas. 13th ed. McGraw-Hill Medical.
  • Young B, Woodford P and O’Dowd G (2013) Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas. 6th ed. Churchill Livingstone