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LABORATORY CERTIFICATION

The Biochemical Genetics Clinical Laboratory is certified by the State of Florida (License #800000135) and by the College of American Pathology (License #15309-01) and by CLIA (License #10D0700790). We have participated in quality control tests/surveys administered by the College of American Pathologists and others since 1982.

LABORATORY PERSONNEL

Director O. Thomas Mueller, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry; Diplomate, American Board of Medical Genetics in Biochemical and Molecular Genetics; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of South Florida College of Medicine; State of Florida Licensed Director in Clinical Chemistry
Biochemical Genetics Coordinator Stephen Benford, BS Florida Licensed Laboratory Supervisor in Clinical Chemistry

LABORATORY HOURS

Monday - Friday 7:00-3:30
Weekends and Holidays by pager: (727) 516-9442
Specimens are accepted 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week through the Hospital Clinical Laboratory.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS

Plasma, Serum, Urine, CSF
Requirements vary with test. Please look up the test description for specific specimen requirements.

Filter Paper Sampling
For phenylalanine and tyrosine monitoring in PKU patients, filter card sampling is available. The test requires two to four spots of blood applied to a standard infant screening filter card and mailed directly to the Laboratory. Cards and mailing supplies are provided upon request. The Laboratory participates in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) filter paper proficiency testing program.

TURN-AROUND TIME

Most testing is completed within a target turn-around time of 3 days following specimen receipt. Twenty-four (24) hour turn-around times are available for amino and organic acid requests on acutely ill infants and positive PKU infant screening follow-ups.

LABORATORY FACILITIES

The Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments, including a HP GC/MS and two Amino Acid Analyzers

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lab: (727) 767-8689
Lab Office: (727) 767-4261
Director: (727) 767-8611
Fax: (727) 767-8514
E-mail:   sbenfor1@jhmi.edu


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