South Texas Reference Laboratories (STRL) provide a wide range of support services for faculty and staff of the Health Science Center as well as services to outside entities on a fee-for-service basis. We offer both technical services and diagnostic interpretation as requested by the client.
Cytogenetics Laboratory: All tissue types including Amniotic Fluid, Chorionic Villi, Products of Conception, Blood, Bone Marrow, Effusions, Skin Biopsy, Solid Tumors or Lymph Nodes, etc., Our full-service clinical & molecular cytogenetics laboratory has the capability to perform routine karyotyping (G-banding), as well as Fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) studies for prenatal and most cancer related conditions. The laboratory may also provide karyotyping or FISH analysis for research projects.
Electron Microscopy Laboratory is a full service facility that provides technical and professional support for patient care and research studies that require transmission and scanning electron microscopy.
Fungus Testing Laboratory: Fungal identification, antifungal susceptibility testing of yeasts and moulds, measurement of levels of antifungal agents in biological tissues and fluids, molecular identification and strain relatedness studies, clinical trials, environmental sampling analysis, and drug discovery research.
Flow Cytometry Laboratory: Immunophenotypic analysis by multiparameter flow cytometry which is useful in the diagnosis/classification of acute leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the detection of residual leukemia/lymphoma following therapy. Also, panels for detection of Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) clones and detection of hemoglobin F in feto-maternal hemorrhage are offered.
Histopathology Laboratory: Oral, Renal, Prostate, and Skin Biopsy services utilizing routine histology, special stains and immunofluorescence. The laboratory also provides immunohistochemistry, muscle histochemistry, and in situ-hybridization methodology.
Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory: development and performance of molecular diagnostic test for nucleic acid targets found in a variety of settings in medicine. The primary focus of the laboratory is hematopathology; a selection of genetic and infectious disease tests are also performed. Results of PML-RAR alpha can be reported within 24-48 hours of receiving samples.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory: We offer a comprehensive, computerized service that processes biopsy and cytology specimens from the oral cavity and head and neck region. The laboratory is staffed by two pathologist board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. We are also supported by a major health center with a large general and specialty surgical pathology faculty.
Cytogenetics, Electron Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Histopathology, Molecular Diagnostics
Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Room: 344B Medical School Building
Phone: (210) 567-6599
Fax: (210) 450-2243
Fungus Testing Lab
Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room: 330E Medical School Building
Phone: (210) 567-4131
Fax: (210) 614-4250