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Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Better Care through Personalized Medicine

SLUCare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory is a CLIA-certified clinical laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Technical and medical oversight is provided by board-certified clinical scientists and pathologists. The laboratory offers molecular diagnostic testing in the following areas.

Infectious Disease Testing

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory performs assays for the detection and quantitation (where noted) of the following microorganisms:

Organism Approved Specimens
BK Virus (1) Serum
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) (1) Whole blood (6), CSF (3)
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (1) Serum
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (1) Plasma, CSF
Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2 (HSV) (2) CSF
Hepatitis C Virus Genotyping Serum
Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) ThinPrep® cervical fluid
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) (2) ThinPrep® cervical fluid, APTIMA collection kit (4)
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) (2) ThinPrep® cervical fluid, APTIMA collection kit (4)
Trichomonas vaginalis ThinPrep® cervical fluid, APTIMA collection kit (5)

For consultations regarding molecular microbiology, please contact Dr. Robin Chamberland at

Molecular Oncology Testing for Solid Tumors

Analysis of genetic changes observed in solid tumors allows for the characterization of the tumor, selection of optimal therapy, and prognostication. Our lab offers a variety of molecular diagnostic assays that allow for the detection and characterization of these genetic changes. Tests include the following. 

Genetic Mutation Tumor
HER2 Amplification Breast Cancer

Inherited Genetic Testing

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory offers testing for the assessment of the following inherited mutations.

Inherited Mutation Disorder
HFE mutations (C282Y and H63D) Hemochromatosis

 For consultations regarding molecular oncology, molecular hematopathology, or inherited genetic testing, please contact Dr. Karen Moser at

Contact Us

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory aims to provide optimal patient care via the delivery of molecular diagnostics. We look forward to serving both our patients and our clinical colleagues. 

Laboratory Main Line: 314-577-8344
Laboratory fax: 314-268-5598
Laboratory Director: 314-577-6071 or
Laboratory Location

The laboratory is located on the third floor of the Saint Louis University Cancer Center at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital - West Pavilion.

Shipping/Mailing Address
Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
Saint Louis University Cancer Center
3655 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Test Ordering & Reporting

Test Ordering

For clients within SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, molecular diagnostic testing can be ordered by completing a requisition and submitting it along with a properly labeled specimen to the 4th Floor Clinical Laboratory in Desloge Tower.

For clients outside SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital that do not have an account already set up and would like molecular diagnostic testing performed, please call 314-577-6071.

See Specimen Requirements as a guide for the selection of specimen type, volume of specimen required, and transport conditions for each molecular diagnostic test.

Molecular Diagnostics Requisition

Specimen Requirements


Written reports with interpretation are generally available within five working days for all tests except those performed on formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) specimens, which have a turnaround time of 10 days. For SLU Hospital clients, final reports are sent to the patients electronic health record (Epic). For clients outside SLU Hospital or SLUCare clinics, final reports may be faxed to the ordering physician or available through our password-protected Internet results module. The medical directors and/or laboratory director are available to discuss the results if needed.