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When you go to your doctor's office with a persistent cough, a sore throat, or other signs of infection, your doctor may take a sample and send it to the microbiology laboratory for testing.

The Role of the Pathologist

Whether it's a bacterial infection or a virus, our pathologists can identify it so that your doctor can treat it.

We're extensively experienced in developing, conducting, and interpreting tests for all types of infections, including:

  • Viral
  • Bacterial
  • Fungal
  • Parasitic

We also help your doctor determine what antibiotics might be useful in treating any sort of infection.

Learn more about the Department of Pathology's Division of Clinical Microbiology.

Get Your Test Results Now

If you're waiting for test results or have a question for your doctor, sign in to UPMC HealthTrak. HealthTrak is a secure, interactive tool that lets you manage your health online.

Click to sign in to UPMC HealthTrak.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help us help others by supporting our pathology research.

Click to open the secure UPMC online donation form.