The Laboratory routinely sequences from 16s ribosomal bacterial DNA for identification. It has, with the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, an ABS sequences and a proprietary data base, to which it adds. In addition, the Laboratory is developing an RNAse polymerase PCR assay for the identification of Mycobacterium and a sequence assay for the identification of fungi.
Clinical Infectious Diseases Rounds are held in the Microbiology Laboratory on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A faculty member conducts the rounds in conjunction with the Clinical Microbiology Fellow and Laboratory Medicine Resident. Rounds include patient case histories followed by a discussion of the laboratory methods and results. Didactic sessions on specific topics may also be presented.