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Bureau of Public Health Laboratories – JacksonvilleBureau of Public Health Laboratories – MiamiBureau of Public Health Laboratories – Tampa
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  • BPHL Overview
  • Jacksonville Lab
  • Miami Lab
  • Tampa Lab
Contributing to a healthier Florida one test at a time

With Headquarters at the Department of Health in Tallahassee, three laboratories (Central laboratory in Jacksonville; branch laboratories in Miami and Tampa) service Florida's 67 counties.

    Map of Florida indicating laboratory locations

Jacksonville Lab
 

BPHL Jacksonville is located on the northern side of downtown Jacksonville along the banks of Hogans Creek.

BPHL Jacksonville offers the following services:

  • Mycobacteriology Testing (Clinical Specimens or Isolates)
    • AFB Smear and Culture (Monday – Saturday)
    • Nucleic Acid Amplification for TB (Real-time PCR), Respiratory Specimens,  (Monday – Saturday)
    • AFB Culture for Identification (Referred Isolate)
    • TB Drug susceptibility ( Referred Isolate – performed on M. tuberculosis complex isolates only)
  • Virology
    • SARS-CoV-2
    • Respiratory virus and Norovirus surveillance by real-time RT-PCR
    • Esoteric testing for viruses such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella zoster virus, MERS coronavirus, and Enterovirus D68 by real-time RT-PCR
    • Arbovirus testing for West Nile, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, Eastern Equine and others by real time RT-PCR and Elisa testing
    • Rabies testing of animal brain tissue
    • Tick borne disease testing including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichia
  • Biological Threat (BT) Testing
    • Clinical BT sample testing
    • Environmental BT sample testing
  • Chemical Threat (CT)
    • One of 10 Level 1 CT laboratories in the nation
    • Capability to perform testing on human specimens for chemical terrorism agents
    • Provide training to providers
  • Clinical Microbiology
    • Bacteriology testing
    • Parasitology testing
  • Environmental Microbiology
    • Water testing (drinking and environmental water microbiological analyses)
  • Environmental Chemistry
    • Water testing (potable sources)
  • Serology
    • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing
    • Hepatitis testing
    • Syphilis testing
  • Retrovirology
    • HIV screening tests
    • HIV patient management testing
    • HIV genotyping
  • Molecular Testing
    • Molecular testing for surveillance and drug resistance monitoring
  • Newborn Screening
    • Provide laboratory testing for over 30 core conditions and over 20 secondary conditions

BPHL Jacksonville is led by:
Susanne Crowe, MHA
Laboratory Director
Phone: 904-791-1550

Marie-Claire Rowlinson, PhD, D(ABMM)
Assistant Laboratory Director
CLIA Laboratory Director
Phone: 904-791-1562

Miami Lab

BPHL Miami was established in 1914 and is now located in Miami’s Health District, also known as Civic Center, just southwest of the Miami VA Healthcare System, University of Miami Health System, and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

BPHL Miami offers the following services:

  • Biological Threat (BT) Testing
    • Clinical BT sample testing
    • Environmental BT sample testing
  • Clinical Microbiology
    • Bacteriology testing
    • Parasitology testing
  • Environmental Microbiology
    • Water testing (drinking and environmental water microbiological analyses)
  • Serology
    • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing
    • Hepatitis testing
    • HIV testing
    • Syphilis testing
  • Virology
    • Influenza virus surveillance by real-time (RT-)PCR
    • Esoteric testing by real-time (RT-)-PCR for influenza virus and MERS coronavirus
    • Clinical arbovirus (mosquito-borne virus) testing by real-time RT-PCR for Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses
    • Rabies virus testing of animal brains by DFA
    • SARS-CoV-2

BPHL Miami is led by:
Stephen L. White, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
Laboratory Director
Phone: 305-325-2533

Andrew Cannons, PhD, HCLD(ABB)
CLIA Laboratory Director
Phone: 813-233-2277

Elesi Quaye BS, FIBMS, RM (NRCM), MCM (ASCP)
Assistant Laboratory Director
Phone: 305-325-2536

 

Tampa Lab

BPHL Tampa was established in 1910, now located on campus near the southwest corner of the University of South Florida in Northeast Tampa. The laboratory is located a bit southeast of James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children Tampa and a short distance south of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

BPHL Tampa offers the following testing services:

  • Biological Threat (BT) Testing
    • Clinical BT sample testing
    • Environmental BT sample testing
  • Clinical Microbiology
    • Bacteriology testing
    • Parasitology testing
    • Rabies virus testing of animal brains by DFA
  • Environmental Microbiology
    • Water testing (drinking and environmental water microbiological analyses)
  • Serology
    • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing
    • Syphilis testing
  • Virology
    • High-throughput diagnostic molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2
    • Respiratory virus and Norovirus surveillance by real-time (RT-)PCR
    • Esoteric testing by real-time (RT-)PCR for viruses such as Enterovirus D68, Measles virus, MERS Coronavirus, Mumps virus, and Varicella Zoster virus
    • Characterization of genomes for Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Hepatitis A virus, Influenza virus, Norovirus and SARS-CoV-2 by next generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing and pyrosequencing
    • Clinical arbovirus (mosquito-borne virus) testing by real-time RT-PCR and ELISA for viruses such as Zika virus and Dengue virus
    • Sentinel chicken arbovirus surveillance by HAI, ELISA, and PRNT

 

BPHL Tampa is led by:
Andrew Cannons, PhD, HCLD(ABB)
Laboratory Director
CLIA Laboratory Director
Phone: 813-233-2277

Marshall Cone, MPH, MT(AAB)
Assistant Laboratory Director
Phone: 813-233-2290