MOTIVATION

We specialize in the diagnosis of lymphoproliferative diseases by combining traditional, light microscopy-based assessment of tissues or cells with molecular analyses of lymphocyte antigen receptor repertoires. Our laboratory’s diagnostic service is closely connected to our research activity. The diagnostic service allows us to identify shortfalls of currently used molecular diagnostic tools and guides our research to develop clinically relevant solutions. It also provides a testing ground to evaluate our methodology in a real-life diagnostic setting. The mutual dependency of research and diagnostics ensures that our research is clinically impactful and that our diagnostic service is backed by the most current methodology. We develop the solutions that are needed and we apply the solutions that we develop.

The diagnostic service is facilitated in concert with the Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) and relies on the joint efforts of our lab members. The AHL provides the infrastructure upstream and downstream of the molecular testing, such as sample receiving, slide preparation, reporting and billing. All molecular work is done by lab members without dedicated technical support. All revenue generated through the diagnostic arm of our laboratory is used in full to support the advancement of clonality testing in veterinary medicine and to train graduate students.