The University of Washington Virology Division

performs testing for a full range of human pathogens including Herpes group, HIV, respiratory, and enteric viruses. Techniques used are molecular PCR diagnostics and sequencing for both standard pathogens and esoteric or non-culturable viruses, tissue culture with direct antigen detection, and serological assays such as Western blot for HSV types 1 and 2.

ORDER COVID-19 antibody (serologic) Test





In the News

Read this thoughtful article featured in The New Yorker describing the rollout of SARSCoV2 testing in the US, highlighting the contributions made by the UW Virology team.

Guidance for long term care facilities sending samples for COVID-19 screening per WA DOH order

Skilled nursing facilities and memory care facilities sending COVID-19 PCR samples to UW Laboratory Medicine per Department of Health order 20-02, click here for important information prior to sending samples.

UW Medicine, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announce a new partnership to launch a study to determine the percentage of Washingtonians who have been infected with COVID-19.


The antibody study will directly invite selected individuals to participate in order to gauge prevalence of COVID-19 in Washington state. Random sampling will ensure that all of Washington State is represented.

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