The Department of Biochemistry

The Biochemistry Section Is A New Generation Laboratory

The biochemistry section is a new generation laboratory, fully equipped with the latest state of the art technology. Analytes of serum and other body fluids are measured like routine and specific assays of proteins in serum, urine and cerebrospinal fluid, including specialized tests like oligoclonal protein banding. The laboratory accepts stat requests and aims for a rapid turn-around time on all samples.

This laboratory also applies mass spectroscopy for rapid detection of a broader array of toxic agents and drugs than possible with less advanced technology. The monitoring of immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclosporine and immunoglobulins is also done. Mass Spectrophometry also permits analysis of renal calculi within 30 minutes. Immunology section performs hormonal and other non-infectious assays using Chemiluminiscent Immunoassay (CLIA) Fluorescence intensity Luminescence, Fluorescence polarisation, and Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent (ELISA) assays. Of special note are the fetal lung reactivity profiles and alpha fetoprotein assays in serum and amniotic fluid for neural tube defect screening and tumor marker studies.

Genetics: Complete HLA typing for transplantation, tests for genetic mapping of diseases, etc. are performed in the Genetics section of the laboratory. Prenatal and/or carrier studies for inherited disorders (spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis, frontotemporal dementia, etc), and genetic profiles of malignancies are also analyzed.