Evidence-based testing for the detection and identification of infectious diseases
Mayo Clinic’s internationally renowned clinical microbiology laboratories span all areas of conventional and molecular medical microbiology, offering a broad selection of tests designed for rapid identification and in-depth characterization of the causative agents of infectious diseases.
Our laboratories have developed and implemented culture techniques, immunoassays, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and molecular methods for rapid detection, identification, and characterization, as well as provision treatment guidance for microbial pathogens.
Results that matter
We're dedicated to our patients' health and well-being,
and proud of the outstanding outcomes we achieve.
tests performed annually
years of diagnosing and treating infectious diseases
specialized laboratories performing infectious disease testing
support from Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists
Physician-led subspecialized laboratories
Our laboratories are managed by physicians and scientists with expert knowledge regarding the clinical implications of each test result and how it can impact patient care.
The right tests, not the most tests
Our clinicians and laboratorians focus on maintaining high-quality, cost-effective, and efficient care by using algorithmic, evidence-based approaches that lead to correct diagnoses and treatment while minimizing unnecessary testing.
Every laboratory offers testing. But at Mayo Clinic Laboratories, in addition to our comprehensive testing menu, we offer a service that allow patients access to Mayo Clinic experts from across the world.
COVID-19 Resource Center
We are rapidly expanding our COVID-19 testing to provide accurate information for health care professionals on the front lines of this crisis. We will continue coordinating closely with state and federal officials to offer testing in the areas with the greatest need.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the director of Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, Elitza Theel, Ph.D., was among a group of experts discussing the value of COVID-19 antibody testing.
Audrey Schuetz, M.D., discusses Mayo Clinic Laboratories' PCR assay that identifies two recently described staphylococcus species. The assay is unique in its ability to distinguish the new organisms from Staphylococcus aureus, providing clearer results that ultimately improve patient care.
Director of Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, Elitza Theel, Ph.D., joins a discussion about COVID-19 antibody testing in a recent story on NPR.
Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been key to Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing strategy since the start of the pandemic. At their height in 2020, Mayo’s COVID-19 labs were running 24/7, processing up to 90,000 COVID-19 specimens a day. Dr. Morice explains what Mayo Clinic Laboratories is doing now to handle the latest surge.
This "Pathways" program provides a Clinical Pathology case that includes a history, potential answers, rationale, and relevant references. This case sub-specialty is Clinical Microbiology.