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Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Southern Blot Results
Photo by Robert A. Lisak
The director and a medical technologist are analyzing the results from a Southern blot. The various people working in the lab, which range from the clerical staff to medical technologists to the director work as a team to provide the most timely and accur

The Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is responsible for the development and performance of molecular diagnostic tests for nucleic acid targets found in a variety of settings in medicine. The three broad areas of testing are:

  • genetics
  • hematopathology
  • infectious disease

Services & Tests

Hematopathology is a focus of our lab with testing performed in coagulation genetics, genetic analysis of hematologic malignancies and evaluation of stem-cell transplant patients. We also perform several additional genetic tests including hemochromatosis and cystic fibrosis screens for adults and in conjunction with the prenatal laboratory for newborns.

Other department laboratories perform molecular testing for microorganisms. The Clinical Virology Laboratory tests for multiple viral pathogens, whereas the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory tests for M. tuberculosis, C. trachomatis, and N. gonorrhoeae. The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory complements these tests by performing in situ hybridization and quantitative PCR to assay for Epstein-Barr virus and supports the 16S ribosomal RNA DNA sequencing test to identify bacteria.