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Wadsworth Center, the research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, is dedicated to science in the pursuit of health.
| Rabies
| Group II Intron Structure
| Left: An early prometaphase newt lung cell...Right: A mid-prometaphase newt lung cell...
| Scanning electron micrographs of Salmonella treated with a neutralizing antibodies Sal4. Bacteria treated with Sal4.
| Changes in internal organization of mitochondria associated with cell death and disease...
Diagnostic & Reference Laboratories Lab Quality
Prepare for and respond to disease threats, and provide direct services, such as newborn screening, confirmatory and reference tests.

Ensure the quality of |clinical and |environmental laboratory tests through the country's most comprehensive licensure program.


Study issues from drug resistance to environmental exposures, and investigate processes that contribute to health and disease using sophisticated tools, including a world-class 3D electron microscopy center.

News and Events

  • Wadsworth Investigator Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannanís recent publication featured in key scientific journals

    Dr. Kannan's recent publication on UV filters and their association with endometriosis has received significant media attention. The paper notes that this is the first epidemiologic study to investigate the occurrence of Benzophenone (BP)-type UV filters in U.S. women and its association with incident endometriosis. BP type UV filters are commonly used in personal care products for protection agains UV irradiation.

  • Wadsworth Center Announces New Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program

    West Nile virus, SARS, rabies, influenza, anthrax, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and who knows what's next? The Wadsworth Center is making certain that public health laboratory scientists and managers are trained and ready for these next challenges with on going and new training programs. Recently, the center developed a new avenue to train the public health laboratory workforce of tomorrow - The Wadsworth Center Master of Science in Laboratory Science program. The program will be accepting applications February 2012 for enroll in September 2012.

  • Wadsworth Director Lawrence Sturman Receives Prestigious Honor for Outstanding Service in Public Health

    Albany, N.Y. (November 8, 2011) - Dr. Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the New York State Department of Health's (DOH) Wadsworth Center, has been awarded the Excellence in Public Health Award by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in recognition of his outstanding service to the public health community.

  • Wadsworth Scientists Awarded Research Grants

    In April-May Wadsworth researchers were awarded 3 grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, in the areas of neurological diseases, molecular motors, and climate change.

  • State Health Department Research Team Identifies Promising Antifungal Drugs to Protect Threatened Bat Population
    Researchers at the New York State Department of Health's (DOH) Wadsworth Center laboratory have found a series of existing antifungal compounds that could potentially be used to protect bats from a disease known as White Nose Syndrome, which has caused the death of tens of thousands of bats in upstate New York and Northeastern states.

  • Genome Research Study Led by State Health Department Scientist Links Parkinsonís Disease to Bodyís Immune System
    An international team of health researchers led by Dr. Haydeh Payami, a scientist at the State Department of Healthís Wadsworth Center, has identified a link between Parkinsonís disease and the gene HLA-DR, which plays a role in the bodyís immune system. The finding suggests the disease may have an autoimmune or infectious origin.

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner
Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D., Wadsworth Center, Director