Department of Pathology Clinical Services

Microbiology and Virology


The microbiology and virology services provide state-of-the art infectious disease testing in the areas of bacteriology, virology, mycobacteriology, mycology and parasitology. Our ever-expanding test menu is guided by our Scientific Directors who are certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Utilizing the most up-to-date technologies, our laboratory tests nearly 600,000 samples per year from hospitals and clinics throughout the region. Microbiology and Virology services work closely with our partners at the University of New Mexico Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital Systems to impact infectious disease healthcare throughout the State of New Mexico.


  • Molecular testing for a variety of pathogens
  • Mold identification
  • Viral Load assays for infections associated with transplantation (EBV, CMV, BK virus)
  • Molecular detection of HPV (including high-risk types)
  • Training and Education for clinical microbiology and virology laboratories statewide
  • Weekly collaboration with Infectious Disease services at Presbyterian and University Hospitals
  • State of the art microbiology automation

Contact Information:

Karissa Culbreath, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Scientific Director - Infectious Disease
TriCore Reference Laboratories
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico
(505) 938 - 8461

Stephen Young, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Profewssor Emeritus of Pathology
University of New Mexico
Director of Research and Clinical Trials
TriCore Reference Laboratories
1001 Woodward Place, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 938 - 8855 Phone
(505) 938 - 8505 Fax
(505) 225 - 4083 Cell