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Molecular and Cytogenetic Testing Services Specimen & Contact Information

Contact Information

Molecular Diagnostics Director

Molecular Pathology Director

Cytogenetics Director

Pharmacogenomics Director

Associate Director for Infectious Diseases

  • Charles Chiu, MD, PhD

Specimen Information

Most tests require a blood sample. However for prenatal testing, we accept amniotic fluid or chorionic villi biopsies for direct testing or their respective backup cultures.

Blood: One purple top tube for postnatal and adult testing.

Amniotic fluid: 5-10 ml for direct testing and two T25 flasks for prenatal testing using amniocytes culture.

Villi: At least 0.5 cm of tissue for direct testing and two T25 flasks for prenatal testing using CVS culture.

For leukemia testing, one purple top tube of either blood or/and bone marrow.

For Infectious Disease testing:

  • HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative by bDNA: EDTA plasma
  • HCV RNA, Quantitative by bDNA: Serum
  • HCV Genotyping: EDTA plasma
  • EBV DNA, Quantitative by PCR: EDTA plasma
  • CMV DNA, Quantitative by PCR: EDTA plasma
  • HPV High-Risk DNA Types: Cervical brush sample in Cytyc ThinPrep PreservCyt solution
  • Chlamydia trachomatis DNA detection: Urine or endocervical / urethral swab (BDProbeTec collection kit)


For Infectious Disease samples, separate plasma and freeze within 6 hours, and ship on dry ice. Ship all other sample at room temperature by overnight carrier to:

ATT’N: Central Processing

  • UCSF Clinical Laboratories at China Basin
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 290
  • San Francisco, CA, 94107

Please do not send samples on Friday that will arrive on Saturday or Sunday.

Reports and Results

Results are FAXed as soon as available, and a report is mailed as soon as work and billing arrangements are completed. Please provide a FAX number if available, return mailing address, and phone number.


Please provide complete billing information with the sample: Name, DOB, address, phone number.

If the patient is less than 18 years of age, a parent's address must be included.

The Medical Center at UCSF will bill the referring institution. Please download, fillout and submit with the sample the Information and Account Form.

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