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Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Diseases laboratories are involved in advanced diagnostic testing and reference services, education, comprehensive outbreak analysis efforts, and externally funded basic and applied scientific research on diseases of public health importance.

The Infectious Diseases laboratories:

  • Use state-of-the-art chemistries to detect and characterize thousands of infectious agents and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs
  • Research and develop new molecular assays in support of public health investigations in tuberculosis, foodborne diseases and bioterrorism events
  • Perform research and testing in high containment BSL-3 laboratories as well as the unique insectary facility
  • Provide extensive reference services and unique test menus that are not readily available in other laboratories
  • Analyze food, water, insects and other environmental specimens for infectious agents associated with outbreaks of diseases
  • Utilize advanced molecular methods to determine the relatedness of infectious agents, enabling rapid intervention to prevent further spread of infection
  • Engage in cutting-edge research on the basic mechanisms of infectious diseases that are funded by external sources such as the National Institutes of Health
  • Research the biology, pathogenesis, transmission and host response of bacterial, fungal and viral agents to microbial infections
  • Research the interaction between mosquitos and viruses that enable transmission of zoonotic diseases such as viral encephalitis, chikungunya and West Nile Virus
  • Train the next generation of scientists through Emerging Infectious Disease fellowships and Wadsworth Center affiliated graduate programs


Clinical Laboratory Permits