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January 10, 2023APHL Fellow Never Saw Herself Working in a Lab – And Now It’s Where She’s Meant to Be

Lexi Duncan joined the WSLH PFAS research laboratory in February 2021 as one of four inaugural Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Environmental Health Laboratory Fellows. According to APHL, the Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship program “trains and prepares scientists for public health and environmental laboratory careers and supports human exposure projects through targeted environmental or […]

January 10, 2023Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023 Holiday Schedule

Please note the following changes to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s operations due to the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The table below lists the hours of operations for our Clinical Specimen Receiving departments. As always, if you have an off-hours emergency, please call the WSLH Emergency Pager at 608-263-3280. […]

January 10, 2023Communicable Disease Serology Assay Changes

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023 the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) Communicable Disease Division (CDD) will change testing to the new Abbott Alinity i instrument for several serological hepatitis, HIV and syphilis assays. Please read this letter for more information.

January 06, 2023Tiny Creatures Tell Huge Environmental Tales

As an undergraduate, Nina Desianti became fascinated with diatoms – microscopic single-celled algae with cells walls constructed of silica that live in aquatic environments. Their shapes, their colors, their sizes, and what they can tell us about our environment (past, present and future) – it all captivated Nina’s imagination. Before joining the WSLH Environmental Toxicology […]

December 19, 2022WSLH Screening Method Named 1 of 6 WARF Innovation Award Nominees

WSLH Newborn Screening Director and UW Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Mei Baker and WSLH Newborn Screening Chemist Dr. Brian Conti were named 1 of 6 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) 2022 Innovation Award nominees. Mei and Brian developed a pediatric familial hypercholesterolemia screening method that uses dried blood samples (DBS) to directly measure low-density lipoprotein […]