Virology Laboratory | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Virology Laboratory


The Virology Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive hospital-based virology test centers. The staff of highly skilled professionals provides laboratory services to hospitals, clinics, physicians, and other laboratories across the nation. Our personnel work with you to facilitate specimen collection, handling and transport, to select the most appropriate test(s), to interpret test results and to provide diagnostic advice. Their access to the knowledge and experience of distinguished researchers, teachers, and clinicians assures you of excellent counsel and assistance.

Translating research into practice

The laboratory includes a full range of the most technologically advanced equipment and a Biosafety Level 3 facility for working with viruses requiring special containment. This has enabled our group to translate research into practice, transfer innovative technology from bench to bedside, adopt new methods based on novel discoveries, and to make needed changes in testing to efficiently and effectively diagnose viral diseases. The laboratory is divided into defined sections for efficient handling and processing of specimens, for the purification, detection, quantification, and typing of viral nucleic acids, for performing immunologic tests for direct detection of viral antigens or to screen for the presence of viral-specific antibodies in clinical specimens, and for research and development of new diagnostic procedures. Our continued development of molecular amplification procedures has led to an explosive increase in the number of molecular tests available for viral diagnosis. Nucleic acid amplification assays are now an integral and necessary part of the Virology Laboratory and continuous improvement, automation, and simplification of the technology have made these tests easier and more accessible to use. Molecular technology has greatly increased our ability to accurately detect and monitor viral infections and has had a significant impact on the care and management of ill patients.

As new tests are developed, diagnostic and treatment decisions become increasingly complex. The senior personnel in the Virology Laboratory—all with advanced medical and scientific training—work closely with physicians and other healthcare providers to determine which tests are most desirable and which are unwarranted. This collaborative approach is designed to assist caregivers in selecting the most efficacious, cost-effective course of action for their patients.

Providing expertise and support to clinicians

As a component of a renowned clinical, teaching, and research environment, the Virology Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia can offer abundant expertise and support. We understand that communicating accurate results as soon as possible is important to physicians and their patients. We relay data electronically, respond from the laboratory to direct requests for test results, and will provide the follow-up information you require. At the same time, competitive pricing and volume discounts assure you of cost-effective test services. In addition, our staff works with you to expedite billing inquires and to maintain an accurate, up-to-date accounting of text expenditures.

Location and hours

5NW43, Main Building
(215) 590-2050 (Main)
(215) 590-2049 or 2027 (Alternatives)
Fax: (215) 590-2556 

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday




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