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About the ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology

The AIDS Research Institute at UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology is a translational research laboratory located at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco. The laboratory is the UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Researach (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory and supports the clinical and basic research community of UCSF and its affiliated institutions. The laboratory is committed to providing support for research studies and clinical trials on a fee-for-service basis, offering PCR-based molecular diagnostic assays, viral and host sequencing, high resolution HLA typing, viral cultures, specimen processing and shipping.

  • We provide virologic support for innovative translational trials to improve the management of viral-based disease or its complications.
  • We develop, validate, and apply innovative, specialized virologic assays and analysis tools.
  • We provide consultations and educational initiatives that inform collaborators of recent innovations in the field of virologic research.
  • We provide mentoring and training to junior investigators and research scientists focused on clinical investigation.
  • We provide information to community members to assist in the interpretation and comprehension of virologic research findings.

The ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology maintains a Certificate of Compliance for CLIA in Virology and Immunology and performs HIV-1 genotypic drug resistance testing for clinical management. The laboratory supports pilot research projects for multiple investigators and clinical trials sponsored by the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (AACTG), the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the laboratory is compliant with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines and participates extensively in external proficiency monitoring programs for all areas of service.

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