The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory offers diagnostic testing and consultative services for infectious diseases caused by bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. In addition, it performs antimicrobial and antifungal susceptibility testing when indicated to help guide anti-infective therapy. Staffed by three nationally recognized doctoral-level directors, it is arguably the most comprehensive diagnostic microbiology laboratory in the region. Its leaders, specially trained and board certified in Clinical Microbiology and Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), provide expert laboratory consultations. Accredited fellowships are available for sub-specialty training in Clinical Microbiology. Faculty conduct federally and privately funded research programs in their areas of expertise.
Providing full laboratory services in the above areas on a 24/7 basis, this laboratory’s outstanding technologist staff also displays great depth in detecting antimicrobial resistance; diagnosing Legionnaires’ disease and other respiratory tract infections as well as gastrointestinal tract infections; and detecting and identifying mycobacteria and fungi. Its staff work closely with faculty and staff in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory to develop new molecular-based approaches for diagnosing infectious disease. Clinical consultation is available at all times.
• Utilizes state-of-the-art technologies for rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases
• Identifies slow-growing and difficult-to-identify microorganisms by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis on a routine basis
• Has special expertise in antimicrobial susceptibility testing and detection of novel resistance patterns
• Provides expert clinical staff consultations
• Supports clinical trials involving infectious disease testing