Dr. Harkins is the Director of the Immunological and Biochemical Core Laboratory. Core Lab testing includes genotyping, immunoassays, microbiological analysis and cell culturing. Dr. Harkins also has many collaborative projects with faculty in the Exercise Science Program, Physical Therapy and Chemistry departments. Funded projects include hormone and biometric analysis of adolescent populations, inflammatory markers and genotyping for association with Alzheimer's disease risk.
Dr. Munson’s research laboratory investigates the diagnosis of sexually-transmitted infections (STI). Monitoring STI agent detection rates in a high-prevalence STI community is not only important from an epidemiologic perspective, but also in the context of novel assays designed for diagnosis of emerging STI agents.An additional research interest of the laboratory is regional surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in clinically-significant bacteria. A recent evaluation of Wisconsin antimicrobial susceptibility patterns has revealed geographic and temporal differences in selected antibiotic/organism combinations. Annual surveillance of these differences can assist clinical practice at the level of pharmacy, infectious disease, clinical microbiology, and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.
Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) students have numerous opportunities to participate in research projects.