The Pathogen Detection and Quantification Core is housed within the Division of Microbiology.
Maintenance of SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) status in macaque breeding colonies requires routine and accurate surveillance for the presence of infectious pathogens to maintain the health of the animals and reduce the risk of transmission. All viral screening assays for the Tulane National Primate Research Center SPF breeding colony are currently being performed in the Pathogen Detection and Quantification Core.
The Pathogen Detection and Quantification Core is comprised of two units; the Diagnostics Unit primarily performs serological surveillance testing for infections with SPF agents or other pathogens. The RT-PCR Unit performs nucleic acid detection methods, e.g. PCR, for detection of SPF viruses.