Microbiology/Immunology Laboratory

Microbiology/Immunology Laboratory, Department of Clinical Pathology
403 North 13th Street, Clinical Support Center (CSC Building) Room 538-565
Richmond, VA 23298

Hours of Operation: 24 hours/day--7 days/week
Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234


Microbiology/Immunology is the only clinical laboratory providing diagnostic microbiology and immunology services at VCU Health System. 


Microbiology is staffed 24/7 and offers full diagnostic testing in Bacteriology (aerobic and anaerobic), Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and Virology.


Immunology is staffed 7 days/week and offers comprehensive testing in Infectious disease serology testing, Autoimmune serologic testing including ANA and Electrophoresis.


Stat Lab--open 24/7

Microbiology/Immunology offers rapid turn-around-time on selected tests. Tests include: Gram Stains, Crytococcal Antigen, Trichomonas vaginalis wet mounts, direct detection of enterovirus in CSF, and Group A Strep.  Direct detection of influenza A and B are also available during respiratory virus season.


The Clinical Pathology Receiving area is located on the MCV campus in the Clinical Support Center (CSC), 403 N. 13th Street, 6th floor Room 643.


Anaerobic Antibiogram PDF Logo

Antibiotic Antibiogram PDF Logo
--The Microbiology/Immunology laboratory compiles and publishes yearly statistics on bacteria isolated in the institution versus formulary antibiotics.


Blood Culture Collection Instructions PDF Logo


For further inquiry contact:

Betty A. Forbes, PhD

Betty A. Forbes, PhD
Professor of Pathology

Director of Clinical Microbiology
Office: (804) 828-3494

Justin B. Dalton, MD

Justin B. Dalton, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Director of Clinical Immunology
Office: (804) 828-5389

Fax: (804) 828-8177

Christopher D. Doern, PhD

Christopher D. Doern, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology
Office: (804) 628-0191


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