SARS-COV-2 Infection Diagnostics Laboratory, Medical Centre at HIIET PAS

Certykikat

SARS-CoV-2 Infection Diagnostics Laboratory was founded in May 2020 in response to demands created by the COVID-19 epidemic in Poland. It is a medical diagnostic laboratory using real-time RT-PCR to test for presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral genetic material. All the laboratory premises are compliant with WHO class II biological safety regulations. SARS-CoV-2 Infection Diagnostics Laboratory is part of the Medical Centre at HIIET PAS. It is included in the list of diagnostic laboratories KRLD (no.: 3913), as well as the COVID list of laboratories of the Ministry of Health. It is cooperates with the Wrocław Regional Health and Epidemiological Station, health care units, Crisis Centre of the Lower Silesian Marshal’s Office, Regional Crisis Management Centre. The Laboratory operates from Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Results are issued after at most 24 hours. Our workers consulted with other laboratories during the process of creating diagnostic procedures for SARS-CoV-2 testing. Aside from diagnostics, we also participate in a research project that aims to sequence 200 SARS-CoV-2 genomes from across Poland. The goal is to create a map of various polymorphic forms of the virus in Poland.

Laboratory Head

Head: prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik – head of the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Diagnostics Laboratory (Polish: Laboratorium Diagnostyki Zakażeń SARS-CoV-2, LDZS) Medical Centre at HIIET PAS, bio-medical analyst/diagnostician, laboratory medical immunology specialist, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9744-0376

dr hab. Łukasz Łaczmański – deputy head, bio-medical analyst/diagnostician, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0874-5483

Biography:   Both the head and deputy head work as laboratory diagnosticians/bio-medical analysts and supervise activity of their respective research laboratories, the Laboratory of Clinical Immunogenetics and Pharmacogenetics, and the Laboratory of Genomics and Bioinformatics.

Team

More than 20 persons (HIIET PAS researchers, technicians, and doctoral students) are currently working in the Laboratory, this includes: one laboratory medical immunology specialist, five bio-medical analysts/diagnosticians, many technicians, and two administrative workers.

laboratory medical immunology specialist, bio-medical analyst/diagnostician:

bio-medical analysts/diagnosticians:

technicians:

administrative workers:

Most important scientific achievements
  • Organizing work in the diagnostic laboratory, developing and implementing SARS-CoV-2 genetic material isolation and amplification techniques.
Research methods
  • Testing for presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material (RNA) using real-time RT-PCR.
Key equipment
  • real-time PCR instruments (Quant Studio 3, Bio-Rad CFX 96)
  • BSL-2 laminar flow hoods
  • centrifuges and freezers
Most important projects (during the last 10 years)
  • SARS-CoV-2 Infection Diagnostics Laboratory participates in a project to sequence 200 SARS-CoV-2 genomes from across Poland, the aim of this project is to create a map of various polymorphic forms of the virus in Poland.