Low speed centrifuge for general lab use such as separating blood cells from plasma. AVDL 1985
In 1987 the AIDS Virus Diagnostic Laboratory expanded its services to provide virus testing for nonhuman primates in support of animal models for HIV research. The laboratory played a major role in keeping CNPRC animals healthy by monitoring the eradication of SRV, SIV and Simian T-cell Leukemia Virus (STLV) from the Center’s monkey colonies. Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was one of the lab’s early collaborators on STLV testing. As diagnostic kits for HIV became commercially available and the need for nonhuman primate testing increased, JoAnn Yee, one of the founding staff members from the AIDS Virus Diagnostic Laboratory, began working with Dr. Lerche in the newly formed Simian Retrovirus Reference Laboratory (SRRL). At it’s peak, SRRL processed over 10,000 samples from more than 100 clients for up to half a dozen different agents each year. With growth and expansion of testing for other pathogens identified in nonhuman primates, SRRL underwent a name change to Pathogen Detection Laboratory (PDL).
The legacy of Dr. Lerche’s scientific contributions to PDL remains today. PDL continues to offer testing, but the focus has expanded to providing training, proficiency testing, trouble shooting, reagents, controls, and protocols. The staff’s extensive experience in resolving problem cases is a key factor in their ability to develop new assays and provides a unique service not available in other laboratories.
Learn more about PDL services here.