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Mosquito after feeding.
Wadsworth Center Scientist is Co-inventor of a Better Test for Zika
An article published recently in EBioMedicine describes a new multiplex serologic assay developed by Wadsworth Center’s Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory Director, Dr. Susan Wong, in collaboration with Dr. Pei-Yong Shi of the University of Texas Medical... read more
Picture of a tomato.
You say tomato. I say Solanum lycopersicum.
How can scientists, who represent approximately 2.5% of the total workforce, communicate effectively with the rest of us? This was the topic of an interactive workshop held recently at the Wadsworth Center. The American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM)... read more
Cryo-TEM image of T4 bacteriophage, vitreously frozen and imaged with phase plate
What’s Really COOL at Wadsworth
Pushing the Boundaries of Cryo-Electron Microscopy We’ve all left a water bottle in the freezer overnight only to find it bulging the next morning. That’s what water does when it freezes. It expands, right? Not always. Did you know, it is possible to... read more
Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Exercise
Wadsworth Center Laboratories Participate in Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Exercise
FERN was formed in response to the anthrax attacks that followed 9/11. It was then and is now a network of local, state and federal laboratories which contributes testing capability and capacity, relieving the burden to other agencies that also test food... read more
Candida. Content Credit: CDC/James Archer; Photo Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Medical Illustrator
Wadsworth Center tests some of the first cases of an emerging fungal pathogen reported in the United States
In a November 4 press release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned that Candida auris had been detected for the first time in the US in four states: New York, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey. These results follow CDC’s Clinical... read more
Dr. Woodall
Wadsworth Center Bids Farewell to One of Its Own
Former Arbovirus Laboratory Director and ProMED Co-founder Jack Woodall January 13, 1935 – October 24, 2016 Dr. Woodall lived in many countries and worked in even more throughout his lifetime. What follows is by no means a complete list: Senior Scientist... read more
Dr. Gray and Derbyshire Laboratories
New Study First to Describe Mycobacterial Cell - Cell Communication
For bacteria, sharing genetic information can be critical to survival. It can also make them fitter, better pathogens, and more able to evade the immune system and resist antibiotics. One way bacteria share their genetic information is by a process... read more
Alok Mehta, Manager of Information Technology Services and CLIMS Project Lead
20 Years of CLIMS
“This is special. This is really special,” says Nellie Dumas, Associate Director of the Bacteriology Laboratory in regard to Wadsworth Center’s Clinical Laboratory Information Management System (CLIMS), an electronic way of tracking sample information... read more
Dr. Mantis presenting at the14th Annual International Conference on Public Health and Emerging Microbial Threats
Wadsworth Center Scientists Participate in the 14th Annual International Conference on Public Health and Emerging Microbial Threats
Wadsworth Center Scientists, including graduates of the Masters of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program, laboratorians, research scientists, principal investigators, and the current and former Directors took part in the conference recently held at the... read more
LCM Poster Session
Poster Day Kicks off the 31st Year of Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology Seminars
Recently, the 10th annual Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology (LCM) Poster Day was held at the David Axelrod Institute. LCM Research Seminars take place monthly, September through June. This annual poster session kicks off the 31st year of seminars.... read more
B. anthracis Sterne strain
Wadsworth Center Cultivates a Culture of Biosafety Awareness and Best Practice
Failing to work with a microorganism at the correct Biosafety Level (BSL) in the laboratory has the potential to place people at risk of accidental exposure to infectious agents, so it is not a surprise that the June 5, 2014 incident at the Centers for... read more
Digitally colorized transmission electron micrograph of Norovirus virions. Photo credit: Charles D. Humphrey, CDC
Wadsworth Center Virology Laboratory Receives Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Funding for CaliciNet Outbreak Support Center
Norovirus is a primary cause of acute gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in the United States where, according to the CDC, it is responsible for "19 - 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis, 1.7 - 1.9 million outpatient visits and 400,000 emergency... read more
Next-generation sequencing
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). The Wadsworth... 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 its renowned... 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 portion... 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 as of May 2016, has been confirmed in 29 states and 5 Canadian territories. Threatened and endangered bat species... 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 outbreak. But that is just what has happened this summer as... 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. As the only master’s degree program... 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 and are supported through a... 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.  Read More at The Times Union.
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 dedicated to MEMOs – Mobile Elements in Micro-Organisms... 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 testing and its... 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, director of the Newborn Screening Program at the New York... 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 in the... read more
NYSDOH Epidiolex® Expanded Access Studies For Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy In Children and Young Adults
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 Legionella are slow growing and fastidious organisms and the water... 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 resistant strains... 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 as... read more