Infectious Diseases Laboratory

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Infectious Diseases Laboratory

Director:   Aaron Ermel, MD


The Infectious Diseases Laboratory (IDL) has provided research support services for multiple investigators as well as clinical diagnostic services for multiple healthcare facilities since 1983. The IDL provides diagnostic services for multiple sexually transmitted pathogens and supports researchers investigating these pathogens as well as behavioral scientists who use acquisition of sexually transmitted pathogens as biologic correlates of sexual behavior. In addition, the IDL has developed its own research agenda participating in research trials of new technologies for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted pathogens, some of which have become standard diagnostic techniques. In addition to the main laboratory, there is an adjacent laboratory under the direction of Dr. Darron Brown that also provides diagnostic services.

Policies: Services Offered:
  • Nucleic acid based testing for C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis, M. genitalium, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, and high risk types of human papillomavirus
  • Grow C. trachomatis in culture if needed, although no longer done on a routine basis
  • Perform assays using the COBAS system (Roche Molecular Systems), the Viper system (Becton-Dickenson Diagnostics), and the m2000 (Abbott Diagnostics)
  • Standard ELISA assays (eg, HSV 1 and HSV 2 antibody, HIV antibody)
  • Prepare and freeze peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) for additional testing
  • Type-specific testing for human papillomaviruses (HPV)
Keywords for this Core:
C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis, M. genitalium, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, ELISA assays, HSV, HIV, perifpheral blood mononuclear cells, PBMC, HPV, PCR testing

Contact Information:
Jim Williams, Lab Manager
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