The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Areas of Activity:
•    Diagnosing inflammatory diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, fungi and parasites. Tests are conducted using a wide range of samples (blood, urine, feces, secretions from the respiratory system, urinary tract, eyes and throat, pus from wounds and more.)
•    Determining sensitivity to antibiotics – an important test for determining the optimal treatment for the patient – takes place in the laboratory using the regular disc diffusion method. In cases of severe infection we can determine the MIC (Minimum Inhibitory Concentration) using the E-Test.
•    Activity to prevent infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics contracted from medical institutions (Nosocomial Infections.)

The laboratory works in full cooperation with the staff of the Department of Infectious Diseases with the aim of managing cases of severe infection in the most efficient way possible, while supplying accurate lab results in the fastest possible time.

The laboratory uses all the accepted methods (staining for microscopy, cultures on media bases for isolation and identification as well as molecular methods for identifying bacteria by amplification (PCR) and determining the DNA continuum (e.g. the gene coded S RDNA16).

Research Areas
•    Epidemiology of newborn l Streptococcus B infections
•    Molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases (reaction time to results is significantly reduced)
•    Identifying bacteria using molecular methods
•    Diseases caused by Borrelia bacteria
•    Prevalence of antibiotic resistance

The Immunology and Serology Laboratory
The lab uses a wide range of immunological methods: Immunofluorescence, ELISA, Nephelometry, Immuno-Fixation, Agglutination, Assays and conducts tests in a number of areas:
•    Examining diseases causing liver inflammation: (HAV, HBV, HCV viruses) and viruses from the Herpesviridae family, such as HSV, CMV and EBV.
•    Testing for causes of inflammation during pregnancy (Rubella Virus, Toxoplasma Gondii)
•    Serology of bacteria causing pneumonia (Chlamydia, Legionella pneumophila SPP), Rickettsial diseases (R. Conorii, R. Typhi) and C. Burnetii Q Fever.
•    Examining autoimmune diseases and testing inflammation indications
•    Verification tests in the area of immunoglobulin diseases (Immunofixation).
•    Monitoring cancerous indications after treatment and early identification in cases of recurrence.
•    Diagnosing hematological diseases using FACS technology

Research Fields
Clinical studies related to the FACS machine for assessing hematological, metabolic and infectious diseases.