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Wadsworth Center Chosen as a Pilot Site for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)

New York’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory was one of five state public health laboratories selected by the Association of Public Health Laboratories as a pilot site for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS).... read more

National Institutes of Health
Wadsworth Center Receives Award From NIH

NYSDOH Lab Part of a Consortium to Investigate Effects of Environmental Factors During Early Development on the Health of Children and Adolescents

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 23, 2016) - New York State Department of Health today announced that... read more

HIV (yellow) attacking T cell. Credit: Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer, Austin Athman, NIAID, NIH
Wadsworth Center’s Bloodborne Viruses Laboratory Participates in the HIV Nucleic Acid Testing Referral Demonstration Project

In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) made the first changes to the recommended HIV testing algorithm in a quarter of a century. According to the new scheme, a small... read more

Little brown bat Myotis lucifugus
Dr. Sudha Chaturvedi Fights Fire with Fire - Literally Using One Fungus to Fight Another

White-nose syndrome, first identified in the US in New York during the winter of 2006-2007 has killed millions of North American bats, and... read more

Tissue Culture Tube
Wadsworth Center’s Virology Laboratory Finds Clue in New York City Mumps Outbreak

Considering that the number of mumps cases per year has decreased by more than 99% since the introduction of vaccines against the disease, it is relatively rare these days to hear about a mumps... read more

MLS Commencement 2016
Wadsworth Center Graduates its Third Class of Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Students

In Albany, as in many places, August is the time when college students start back to school. But this August 17th at the Wadsworth Center, the Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences students are just finishing... read more

Bacteriology Laboratory
NYSDOH Wadsworth Center is One of Only Seven in the US Designated by CDC as Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Regional Laboratories

On August 3, 2016 New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard A. Zucker announced the Wadsworth Center has been awarded $1.8 million to serve as one of seven labs in the nation designated as an Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Regional Laboratory.... read more

Dr. Matthew Kohn welcomes the 2016 incoming class of REU students
Wadsworth Welcomes 2016 Summer Undergraduate Scientists

During the summer, the Wadsworth Center hosts undergraduate students from across the country to conduct research under the mentorship of our Principal Investigators. 

Students work in the labs on independent research projects... read more

Gram stain of Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium that is capable of causing human infections.
Wadsworth Lab part of CDC antibiotic tests

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated Albany's Wadsworth Laboratory as one of seven regional labs to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. 

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Dr. Keith Derbyshire
Keith Derbyshire Receives Sturman Excellence in Research Award

Twenty-four years at the Wadsworth Center have given Keith Derbyshire, Ph.D., a career’s worth of MEMOs. Not the interoffice paper shuffle made obsolete by email and text messages, but a laboratory... read more

Corded TB acid fast stained by Ziehl-Neelsen method
Mycobacteriology Laboratory Lends a Hand in New York City Case

Earlier this year, the Wadsworth Center became the first and only state public health laboratory in the nation to perform whole genome sequencing (WGS) of tuberculosis (TB) specimens.

One case illustrates the enormous impact of WGS on TB... read more

Dr. Michele Caggana
Newborn Screening Director Receives National Award

Dr. Michele Caggana has been honored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) for her leadership in improving laboratory screening of newborns for genetic disorders.

Dr. Caggana,... read more

Yi-Pin Lin, Ph.D.Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi Credit: NIAID, NIH
Wadsworth Welcomes Dr. Yi-Pin Lin, Lyme Disease Researcher

Lyme disease, transmitted by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most common vector-borne disease in U.S. Vector-borne diseases are carried by mosquitoes, ticks or fleas. The bacterium is introduced during a tick bite and then survives... read more

NYSDOH Epidiolex® Expanded Access Studies For Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy In Children and Young Adults


Studies to be regulated under FDA’s Expanded Access Program

100 Children and... read more

Colorized SEM Legionella. Photo credit: Janice Haney Carr; Content: CDC/Margaret Williams, Claressa Lucas, Tatiana TravisDeborah Baker performing Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis on water samples received during the Legionella investAnalysis on water samples received during the NYC South Bronx Legionella investigation.
Wadsworth Center’s Bacteriology Laboratory Plays a Pivotal Role in New York City's Legionella Outbreak

The Wadsworth Center’s Bacteriology Laboratory played a pivotal role in the recent Legionella outbreak in New York City. The classical approach to Legionella testing is culture, but, as ... read more

NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Wadsworth Director Dr.  Jill Taylor and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard ZuckerLt. Governor Hochul's tour of Wadsworth Center.Lt. Governor Hochul's tour of Wadsworth Center.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Visits Wadsworth Center's David Axelrod Institute for Public Health

On Monday June 15th the Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable Kathy Hochul, visited the David Axelrod Institute. She had specifically asked to learn more about our preparedness and biodefense activities, so the first stop was a tour of the Biodefense... read more

Pallavi Ghosh, Ph.D.
New Wadsworth Researcher Studies Tuberculosis Drug-Resistance

When new risks to public health increase, the Wadsworth Center finds new scientists to address them.

One of the newest is Pallavi Ghosh, Ph.D., who joined the Wadsworth Center as a new researcher in November 2014. Her target: Multi-drug... read more

Dr. Anil OjhaChest radiograph with lower lobe activity. Credit: CDCDifferential response of mycobacterial biofilms taken by the Ojha Laboratory using a multi-dimensional scope
Dr. Anil Ojha - Turning the Tide on Tuberculosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2 million people are infected and 23,000 people die annually from drug resistant bacteria in the United States alone. Drug resistant tuberculosis in particular is described by CDC... read more