Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (AHDL)

NOTICE: The Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (AHDL) is pleased to announce that our sister laboratory, the Animal Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (AMDL) will be providing the Molecular Testing of Biological Materials (MTBM) Assay in-house. The AMDL has developed and validated the assay for the current viral profile. This in-house assay has several advantages including enhanced sensitivity, quicker turnaround time, requires less test material and at a reduced cost.

Starting January 11, 2013 all biological materials for the MTBM-M Assay will be conducted in-house by the AMDL. The submission process remains the same, with submission of the On-Line MOLECULAR TESTING OF BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS (MTBM) REQUEST FORM for each sample (link found below). Samples can be delivered anytime to the AHDL, located in Building 429. Samples submitted by COB Tuesday will be submitted weekly to the AMDL Wednesday morning.

Animal Health Diagnostic Program

  • Responsible for the health monitoring of all rodents at NCI-Frederick and NCI-Bethesda
  • Provides diagnostic resources to several other NIH animal facilities
  • The AHDL works closely with the Animal Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Animal Holding and Technical Support, the Laboratory Animal Medicine Program, and the Pathology and Histotechnology Laboratory to provide a comprehensive approach to health monitoring
  • The AHDL has more than 35 years of service to the research community
  • The AHDL has been in the forefront of rodent diagnostics, including the detection and original isolation of Helicobacter hepaticus, one of the most significant rodent pathogens in many years

General Information

Please contact Peter Gorelick for any of the following information or services:

  • Scheduling Service

    To discuss the scheduling, preparation, and submission of samples.
  • Courier Service

    To determine specific packaging requirements that need to be addressed before arranging shipping as arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the requestor.
  • Pricing

    To determine costs for testing as they vary depending upon the type of samples and the specific testing requested.

Contact Information

Contact Service Contact Information
Peter L. Gorelick, MS,
Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology
Head, Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.
Phone: 301-846-1134
Fax: 301-846-6031
Email: gorelickp@ncifcrf.gov
AHDL General Information Phone: 301-846-1134
Fax: 301-846-6031
Email: ahdl@ncifcrf.gov