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The Microbiology Laboratory features an expert team of MD and PhD microbiologists, manager, supervisor, technical specialists, medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants working closely to develop and implement innovative microbiology diagnostics to enhance patient care.
The Microbiology services consist of several sections which include Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology and Molecular Diagnostic Microbiology. The detection and culture of tuberculosis bacteria is referred to the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Laboratory due to the requirement for a high-risk level isolation laboratory. Parasitology and molecular detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis are also referred to the PHO Laboratory.
The Microbiology Laboratory program offers its services to the medical programs in Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Grimsby. The laboratory also offers its services to other healthcare facilities in Ontario through the Laboratory Reference Centre.