Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory employs the latest molecular, genetic and computer technologies for the purpose of research & development, disease outbreak investigation and readiness for bioterrorism.
The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory serves the following primary functions:
- Development, optimization, validation, implementation and troubleshooting of new nucleic acids-based (molecular) diagnostic tests for the detection of infectious diseases that are of concern to the citizens of New Hampshire
- Molecular surveillance and infectious diseases outbreak investigations; Examples: food-borne pathogens (E. coli and Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and Shigella), Bordetella pertussis, Norovirus, WNV, EEE, etc.
- DNA/RNA based testing for all select agents (Bioterrorism)
- Testing for emerging pathogens, such as SARS, Bird Flu, etc.
- Assessment/evaluation of new technologies for the detection of emerging infections