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Virology

The Laboratory of Viral Diseases (LVD) encompasses a diverse service and research program for viral diseases of public health importance. Efforts include those for surveillance, outbreak investigation, special disease and emerging pathogen detection, reference testing, pandemic preparedness and response, the development and investigation of new testing methodologies, the investigation of viral infections and their associated pathogenesis and disease, and the education and training of graduate students and fellows.

As part of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Wadsworth Center, the laboratories of the LVD are located at the David Axelrod Institute in Albany, NY. The LVD works closely with both the Bureau of Communicable Diseases and the Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program at the New York State Department of Health, and collaborates on numerous projects with colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other state and regional public health laboratories, university and other research facilities, and various industry partners.

Within this program are the following laboratories:

  • General Virology
  • Enteric Virus
  • Viral Encephalitis 
  • Special Projects

CLIA# 33D2005937 | PFI# 8523

Program Updates

Dr. Kirsten St. George, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases,

Wadsworth Center's Dr. Kirsten St. George - Developing Diagnostic Capabilities for Arboviruses

Dr. Kirsten St. George, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at Wadsworth Center, was recently invited to speak at a technical workshop hosted by the Trust for Science Technology and Research of Puerto Rico, the Brain Trust for Tropical Diseases...

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Dr. Kirsten St. George

Wadsworth Center’s Dr. Kirsten St. George receives the 2017 Diagnostic Virology Award

At the recent Clinical Virology Symposium in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. St. George, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the Wadsworth Center, was presented with the 2017 Diagnostic Virology Award. Established in 1985, this international career-achievement award from the Pan American Society...

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Digitally colorized transmission electron micrograph of Norovirus virions. Photo credit: Charles D. Humphrey, CDC

Wadsworth Center Virology Laboratory Receives Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Funding for CaliciNet Outbreak Support Center

Norovirus is a primary cause of acute gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in the United States where, according to the CDC, it is responsible for "19 - 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis, 1.7 - 1.9 million outpatient...

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