The Section of Molecular Diagnostics is a CAP accredited laboratory division that offers diagnostic tests on the nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) in the submitted samples. Testing includes quantitative assays for HIV, HBV and HCV viral counts; qualitative assays for high risk HPV, Chlamydia trochomatis, Nisseria gonorrhea, Influenza A and B, C. difficile, group B Streptococcus, Group A Streptococcus and enterovirus. In addition, the laboratory also performs assays for thrombophilia risk factors such as Factor V Leiden and prothrombin mutations.
The laboratory receives around 12,000 samples per year including blood, urine, stools, spinal fluids, cervical and throat swabs. Testing platforms include real-time PCR, loop mediated isothermal amplification of DNA (LAMP) and hybrid capture. The laboratory is also committed to training clinical fellows, residents, medical students and laboratory associates.