Molecular diagnostics is the study of tissues samples on a molecular level to arrive at a diagnosis.
Our group performs DNA sequencing and polymerase chain reaction amplification tests (which extend a small DNA sequence to increase its abundance for further testing) to diagnose and monitor infections or cancer.
These tests can also help doctors determine whether a person has a genetic predisposition to develop a disease.
The Role of the Pathologist
If your doctor suspects that you may have cancer, an infection or a genetic disease, he or she may send the samples to our lab.
We will test and examine your samples for certain molecular indicators, and our interpretive report will help your doctor begin the best plan of care.
Learn more about molecular diagnostics from the Department of Pathology.