New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Biological Sciences Bureau

The Biological Sciences Bureau tests for indigenous and exotic infectious disease pathogens of public health significance. Towards this end, and in keeping with the mission of the laboratory, we test human clinical and animal specimens, autopsy and necropsy material, along with food, water, and dairy. Besides routine testing, we conduct regulatory and reference testing, as well as testing for outbreak investigation and surveillance.

Photo showing several different biological test results The Bureau is a part of national networks such as the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) that were instituted to combat biological threat events, and partners with various national, state, and local agencies such as the CDC, the FDA, the EPA, the FBI, the New Mexico Environmental Department, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the City of Albuquerque.

Due to the complexity of the testing that we perform and because we are the first line of defense against pathogens that could cause epidemics we are regulated by several agencies such as CDC, FDA, EPA, and CLIA through the College of American Pathologists. The Bureau encompasses four sections; Environmental Microbiology, General Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Virology/Serology.


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