About Division of Core Laboratory Services and Response

At a glance

The Division of Core Laboratory Services and Response (DCLSR) helps CDC laboratorians respond to public health needs through supply of state-of-the-art technology, expertise, and high quality products and services.

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Our mission

DCLSR's mission is to provide support to CDC laboratories in responding to public health needs through the supply of state-of-the art technology and high-quality services and products.


  • Provide genomic sequencing, proteomics technologies, oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis, and bioinformatic support to aid the identification and characterization of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens
  • Provide CDC laboratorians with high-quality laboratory products and services in compliance with US Food and Drug Administration regulations.
  • Distribute investigational and licensed drugs and unique biologicals (antitoxins) to approved physicians for treatment of rare, tropical, or exceptional diseases.
  • Provide accessioning services for specimens sent to CDC for reference and diagnostic testing and manage shipment of outgoing specimens, microbiologic organisms, and biologicals.
  • Provide for the expert care, husbandry, and procurement of animals used in research and training.

Our work

  • Provides laboratory supplies, glassware, mammalian tissue cultures, microbiological media and buffers, oligonucleotides, peptides, custom reagents, and other laboratory materials.
  • Provides services for laboratory investigators in protein and DNA synthesis and sequencing, genomic sequencing, microarrays, proteomics, molecular modeling, and bioinformatics.
  • Conducts collaborative research in cell biology and tissue culture technology for application to infectious disease activities.
  • Provides technical support for dispensing, lyophilizing, capping, labeling, and distribution of CDC Reference Reagents.
  • Produces specialized reagents and kits and distributes them to members of the Laboratory Response Network in compliance with federal regulations.
  • Provides services and expertise in development of Quality Systems to support compliance with FDA regulations for the production, distribution, and use of laboratory diagnostic reagents.
  • Receives, triages, processes, and distributes specimens to CDC laboratories for reference diagnostic testing, research studies, and epidemics, and reports diagnostic test results to submitting organizations.
  • Manages all CDC exports, ensures compliance with regulations and serves as CDC liaison with the Department of Commerce for export related issues.
  • Provides processing services for serum and other biological specimens of epidemiological and special significance to CDC's research and diagnostic activities.
  • Obtains and distributes experimental and orphaned vaccines, drugs, antisera, antitoxins, and immune globulins to physicians for use in patient therapy.
  • Procures research animals and provides veterinary and husbandry services.


Portrait of Darin Carroll, PhD
Darin Carroll, PhD
Division of Core Laboratory Services and Response
Darin Carroll, PhD, Director

Darin S. Carroll, PhD, serves as the director of the Division of Core Laboratory Services and Response in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.