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Currently, MDL is part of Center for Laboratory S​cienc​​es (CLS), and the California D​epartment of Public Health (CDPH).​ It is located since 2003 on the Richmond Campus of the CDPH. The laboratory has five sections: Bacterial Diseases; Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases; High Risk Pathogens; Immunodiagnostic, Mycotic and Parasitic Diseases; and Mycobacterial Diseases. Beside reference testing, MDL conducts applied research and teaching of public health microbiologists and post-doctoral fellows.  The laboratory has 60 staff members, which include laboratory directors, public health microbiologists, research scientists, technicians and fellows.​

MDL Organization

Bacterial Diseases Section

Reference Bacteriology Unit

Sexually Transmitted Infection Unit

Molecular Bacteriology unit​

Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Section

Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Detection Unit 

Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Genotyping Unit​

High Risk Pathogens Section

Tier 1 Select Agents and LRN Unit 

Vaccine Preventable Pathogens Unit​

Immunodiagnostic, Mycotic and Parasitic Diseases Section

Immunodiagnostic Unit

Mycotic and Parasitic Diseases Unit​

Mycobacterial Diseases Section

Mycobacterial Characterization Unit

Mycobacterial Drug Susceptibility Unit

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