The Unit of Microbiology and SAELMT is part of the Centre for Tropical Diseases (CTD); it has three main sections: Bacteriology, Parasitology and Molecular biology. They are located respectively at Sacro Cuore building (Microbiology)) and at Don Calabria building (Parasitology and Molecular biology). The laboratories occupy modern structures, and are equipped to perform a broad range of diagnostic procedures.
The Unit examines about 60000 samples per year for the presence of bacteria, fungi and parasites which may be cause a variety of diseases and works in close contact with the consultants in tropical and infectious diseases of the hospital. It works from Monday to Saturday included for routine exams, and provides a 24/7 service for urgent exams, e.g. for malaria and meningitis, using specialized automated and manual techniques. The samples come from hospitalizeed patients (including Day-Hospital) and from outpatients.
The Unit Microbiology and SAELMT is accredited Uni EN ISO 9001 - Bureau Veritas and participates in External quality assurance schemes (SKML, NEQAS, crrVEQ Careggi-Toscana).
The three sections employ 16 professionals (permanent staff: biologists and lab technicians) , and hosts interns and students.
Teaching activities are regularly carried out, addressed to students of Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Biomedical laboratory techniques. The teaching activities are also aimed at graduates (mainly MD and biologists), residents in Infectious diseases as well as in Microbiology and Virology. A substantial proportion of time is devoted to practical training. Moreover, a residential, 2-week course of Basic Laboratory for Tropical countries is held on a yearly basis, and so are the two other residential courses held at CTD (Clinical logic in Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine).
The Unit of Microbiology and SAELMT also carries out basic and applied research activities in the field of tropical diseases and parasitology.