Clinical Virology Laboratory

Faculty and Staff

  • Charles R. Rinaldo, PhD
    Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology, UPMC Clinical Virology Lab
    Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, UPMC
    Professor and Chairman, Department of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    Primary interests: Diagnosis of viral infections, immunopathogenesis of HIV and human herpesvirus 8 infections.
  • Karina Soares, PhD
    Molecular Specialist for the Clinical Virology Laboratory
    Primary interest: Evaluation, validation and assimilation of the latest molecular diagnostic technologies and instrumentation for identification of human viral disease agents.
  • Denise Pollett, PhD
    Program Manager

Clinical Services

The Clinical Virology Laboratory (CVL) provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services for human viral infections. This includes highly sensitive and specific detection of viral infections of the respiratory and GI tract, urogenital system, CNS and blood. For more information, visit the Diagnostic Services page.

Research Activities

Current research interests include:
  • CDC influenza vaccine efficacy study
  • Assessment of herpesvirus infections in organ transplant recipients
  • One of the longest-running NIH studies of the natural history of HIV/AIDS
  • NIH AIDS clinical trials
  • Dendritic cell therapy in AIDS
For more information, visit the Research page.

Training Activities

The CVL conducts a one week, core rotation for pathology residents as part of their eight week clinical microbiology rotation that familiarizes them to major aspects of clinical virology. For more information, visiting our Resident Training page.


  • CAP No. 12863-02-01
  • CLIA No. 39D0911193
  • PA STATE No. 000083
  • NY STATE No. 7306