Clinical Laboratory

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Clinical Laboratory 2016-10-14T18:02:48+00:00

The Clinical Laboratory is a full-service in-house laboratory that provides diagnostic support for both clinical and research requests. It mimics the day-to-day operation of a human clinical laboratory including the quality control and compliant regulations followed by the human labs. Our laboratory operates under GLP regulations and has three licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Both manual and automated testing have been validated in nonhuman primates and reference values are available for all tests performed in the Clinical Laboratory. Over thirty years of experience in nonhuman primate diagnostic testing enables the Clinical Laboratory to be a knowledgeable resource to consult on test interpretation as well as testing recommendations.

  • Complete Blood Counts
  • Crossmatching
  • Body fluid analysis including slide interpretation
  • Bone marrow smear evaluations
  • Automated chemistry analyzer for routine serum chemistries
  • Urine and CSF chemistries
  • hsCRP
  • Special panels/ individual special chemistries available upon request
  • Dipstick with microscopic exam
  • Urine chemistries
  • Direct fecal exams
  • Concentration fecal exams
  • Cryptosporidium/Giardia IFA
  • Blood parasites
  • Routine culturing and identification of aerobic/anaerobic organisms
  • Serum stored for epidemiological and retrospective studies
  • Over 25 years of nonhuman primate serum stored (multiple species)
  • Flow Cytometry at the CNPRC provides access to, and services utilizing, state-of-the-art instruments.
  • Currently the laboratory has a FACS Calibur, for standard 4-color assays, a FACS Aria, for multicolor flow cytometric analysis and live cell sorting, and a BD Fortessa. The BD Fortessa is a 5 Laser Flow Cytometer, which includes a UV laser expanding the capability to perform CaFlux assays and Hoechst staining.
  • Investigators interested in using these instruments can be trained to run their own assays or have their samples run by a core technician on a recharge basis.
  • Training in the use of the instruments is available from the Flow Cytometry supervisor. Cell sorting will only be performed by the Supervisor and trained technicians supervised by her.
  • Flow Cytometry will perform the staining, acquisition, and analysis of standard Clinical Lab panels, but PI’s can request custom panels.
  • Flow Cytometry will perform the research and development of assays upon request.
  • Consultation on flow cytometry methods and reagents is provided by CNPRC Core Scientist Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor (visit Dr. Hartigan-O’Connor’s page)
  • Flow Cytometry Services Rates (effective July 1, 2016):
    • Equipment Rates: Cost per hour:
      Calibur $40.91
      Aria $102.81
      Fortessa $52.61
      Labor Rate $112

Contact Us

For more information please contact:
Abigail SpinnerM.S., M.L.S. (ASCP)
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
(530) 752-5123

Abigail Spinner has more than 32 years experience analyzing primate samples and she collaborates with the Clinical Pathology Laboratory in the School of Veterinary Medicine as well as other facilities throughout the country to share information and obtain other opinions on challenging cases. She is licensed by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (M.L.S.) and received her Master of Science degree in comparative pathology from the University of California, Davis.