Microbiology Lab | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Microbiology Laboratory


The Microbiology Laboratory is a complete diagnostic lab that performs testing for a full range of human pathogens including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria; yeasts and molds; blood, tissue, and enteric parasites; and mycobacteria. Techniques used include culture from a wide variety of specimens, special stains, direct antigen detection (Group A streptococci, Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, Trichomonas vaginalis), molecular real-time PCR diagnostics, and toxin assays (Clostridium difficile and enterohemorrhagic E. coli).

Once isolated and identified, antibiotic susceptibility testing is performed on bacteria and antifungal susceptibility testing on yeast. Additional activities include reference microbiology, support to epidemiology and infection control programs, surveillance cultures for the detection and monitoring of outbreak investigations, supporting control and prevention of health care associated infections, and applied research.

Location and Hours

Room 5175, Main

Hours of Operation
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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