E. coli Reference Center
E. coli Reference Center is a part of Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. This is an AAVLD (American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians) accredited laboratory.
Due to building construction, the E. coli Reference Center will be Closed from November 21 through December 9 and re-opens on December 12. Cultures to be serotyped should be at Penn State by November 14 and for virulence typing by November 17.
Holiday break: December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017, reopening on January 3, 2017. Cultures to be serotyped should be at Penn State by December 19, virulence typing by December 21.
About the Center
It is the largest repository for E. coli strains in America. It holds more than 70,000 strains collected over the last 50 years from animals, humans, birds and environment. Characteristics of each strain are well documented in our database and can be retrieved easily. The collection can be utilized for epidemiological studies, antimicrobial resistance over the years, relatedness between strains and for molecular tracking.
Announcement: Please inquire before you mail samples for O typing.