Department of Microbiology

Functions and Services


Laboratory susceptibility studies and clinical investigational studies of newer antimicrobial agents for the nontuberculous mycobacteria and nocardia
  • Susceptibility testing of nontuberculous mycobacteria to standard and investigational drugs
  • Internationally renowned reference laboratory
  • Identification of aerobic actinomycetes (especially Nocardia sp.) and nontuberculous mycobacteria by PCR (hsp65)
  • Molecular identification of NTM and aerobic actinomycetes by hsp65 PCR restriction enzyme analysis (PRA) 16sRNA sequence and other genes (rop-Beta, hsp65, sec. A1, etc)
  • DNA fingerprinting of isolates from outbreaks or epidemics of disease due to mycobacteria and other aerobic actinomycetes by pulsed field gel
    electrophoresis (PFGE) or other molecular techniques
  • Laboratory and clinical consultation in epidemiological studies involving mycobacteria and other aerobic actinomycetes
  • Technical assistance (methods, techniques, etc.) to referral laboratories and physicians
  • International and national collaboration with experienced scientists in the areas of mycobacteriology and the aerobic actinomycetes
  • Clinical consultations to physicians and other health care workers in the treatment of diseases and infections caused by mycobacteria and other aerobic actinomycetes

Last Update: July 26, 2011

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