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VIRGINIA TECH SCHIFFERT HEALTH CENTER MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS LAB

AT THE FRALIN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT VTC

     

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About the Virginia Tech Molecular Diagnostics Lab

The Virginia Tech Schiffert Health Center Molecular Diagnostics Lab, located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, launched on April 20, 2020, under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued Emergency Use Authorization to help expand public health testing capacity in Southwest Virginia. The lab receives samples from health department and does not collect samples directly from patients or facilities. 

Health districts in Southwest Virginia send coded and deidentified samples to the Virginia Tech lab for analysis. The samples are processed by researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia using a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) protocol to detect the virus’s genetic material. The labs can often provide results in 24 to 48 hours.

Scientific Director: Carla Finkielstein, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. For information about operations, please contact Hal Irvin, Ph.D.

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MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS LAB NEWS

  • Article Item
    COVID lab members
    Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab passes 100,000-sample milestone , article

    Since opening, the Molecular Diagnostics Lab has analyzed thousands of samples from Virginia Tech students and employees who were tested for the COVID-19 virus through the university’s testing centers. That’s in addition to testing done for regional health districts since April 20, 2020.

    Date: Apr 05
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    Carla Finkielstein is photographed wearing full PPE gear in summer 2020 as she was setting up a COVID-19 testing lab.
    Carla Finkielstein honored with Ut Prosim Scholar Award , article

    Finkielstein, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science and an award-winning cancer researcher, anticipated the limitations of existing methods for testing the novel coronavirus and enlisted a team to develop an innovative method that would more accurately, reliably, and rapidly detect the virus and help mitigate its spread.

    Date: Mar 22
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    Nghi Phung
    Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab ready to ramp up testing for thousands of student samples , article

    Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has processed more than 70,000 samples to support health districts across Virginia and the university community since its launch in April.

    Date: Jan 13


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