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CFAR HIV/STD Laboratory Core/LCCC Retrovirology

Overview of Services

The HIV/STD Laboratory Core of the UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) offers services and collaborations to HIV researchers fo their basic and clinical research projects. The Core provides a GCLP environment for specimen processing and testing. The HIV/STD Laboratory Core consults and collaborates with researchers at UNC-CH, RTI International, and FHI 360 (as well as outside researchers). Our contributions to recent research projects include develiping flow cytometry assays and cytokine ELISA and multiplex bead array panels, providing instrumentation (e.g. ELISPOT reader), testing new microbiologic diagnostic assays ona variety of specimen types, testing compounds for anti-HIV activity, measuring prostate specific antigen (PSA) as a marker of sexual activity, and training of personnel in virus work and various assays. The Core serves as a repository for long- and short-term storage of biological specimens from people living with HIV enrolled inthe UNC CFAR HIV Clinical Cohort (UCHCC) and maintains a current CDC permit for importing specimens from foreign countries.


Kristina De Paris, PhD Core Director
Robert Krysiak, MS Core Associate Director
John Schmitz, PhD Clinical Consultant
Ryan Hansen, MPH Research Specialist

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 

8AM - 5PM

109 Mason Farm Rd

510 Taylor Hall

Chapel Hill NC 27599

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Robert Krysiak

(919) 966-6867