Clinical Laboratory

    Clinical Laboratory


    The Clinical Laboratories at the NASA Johnson Space Center are part of the Space and Clinical Operations Division and the Human Systems Engineering and Development Division. The laboratories are grouped into two parts: Clinical and Microbiology. The Clinical Laboratory is responsible for the analysis of human blood, urine, or other fluids in the areas of hematology, chemistry, immunology, and urinalysis. The Microbiology Laboratory is responsible for the identification of bacteria, fungi, and parasites in human specimens. The Microbiology Laboratory has an organizational plan and test plans separate from the Clinical Laboratory.

    Moderate and high complexity testing as defined by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988) is performed in the laboratories. The Clinical Laboratory has accreditation by CAP (College of American Pathologists). The clients that the Clinical Laboratory serves can include Flight Medicine, Occupational Health Clinic, Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health, and Human Test Subject. The Clinical Laboratories also participate in research activities within the Health and Human Performance Directorate and with other investigators within and outside NASA. Data produced from this research is not used for clinical diagnosis purposes. The Clinical Laboratory numbers are as follows:

    CAP Laboratory # 21153-01 CLIA ID # 45D0701215



    Clinic Manager: Dr. Kathleen McMonigal, M.D.