Molecular Science Laboratory

What we do

We perform detailed genetic analysis and DNA sequencing that are used to provide a more detailed profile of pathogens. Our testing capabilities continue to grow in response to emerging public health needs and to support inspection programs.

Molecular testing methods

The speed and sensitivity of molecular testing methods provide early detection of infectious agents. This results in prompt treatment and greater control of the spread of diseases than in the past. We use the following molecular-based test methods to provide rapid results to other programs at The State Lab at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, to local public health agencies, and to external customers:

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Multilocus variable number of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA)
DNA sequencing

Testing information

The public health testing supply order form is available for use by county public health agencies, epidemiologists and health care professionals only (used for all public health testing and for all patient testing).

Contact information

Molecular science laboratory
Phone: 303-692-3286
Fax: 303-691-4911