Virology Laboratory

Laboratory Building (BATLab)

Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Geneva

Demande de Résultats


Complément d'adresse
+41 (0)22 372 49 80
Manuel Schibler
Manuel Schibler
Manager of Virology Laboratory


We use the Taqpath RT-PCR assay on SARS-CoV-2 positive samples to detect the so called S gene dropout (the S gene PCR target is not amplified, while the two other targets are detected). This constellation currently indicates the presence of the Omicron variant with a high probability. Whole genome sequencing performed on SARS-CoV-2 positive samples with a CT value <32 allows for definitive confirmation. Samples included in this graph come exclusively from people screened at our outpatient testing centers.

New Coronavirus « SARS-CoV-2 » (for patient, tests SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 must be requested through a doctor)

Since January 16, 2020, the Virology Laboratory is able to perform molecular diagnosis (PCR) in case of suspicion of "SARS-CoV-2", the new emerging coronavirus in China. For more information, click here

Hotline (answering machine) for the SARS-CoV-2: Tel. 079 55 35 732 (8am-8pm, 7/7)

Analyses carried out 7/7d. Due to the overload of the virology laboratory, we thank you not to contact us to obtain a result, all the results are distributed as quickly as possible on the available addresses. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Virology Laboratory performs diagnostic tests for the entire Geneva University Hospitals These activities include viral culture, molecular tests and infectious serology. More than 120,000 analyses are carried out each year.

The laboratory is divided into two parts that are separated geographically (LV1 and LV2), the two are located at the main site of the Geneva University Hospitals.The diagnostic tests provided are aimed to respond to the needs of a University Reference Center treating complex pathologies as well as transferred patients.

The laboratory is also the headquarters for National Reference Centers for influenza and emerging viruses. It therefore offers comprehensive services adapted to these issues in an appropriate biosecure environment. Monitoring the flu and the diagnosis of potential cases of avian flu or hemorrhagic fevers is the responsibility of these centers.

The laboratory also integrates research groups whose areas of expertise are respiratory viruses, rhinovirus and HIV.

Last update : 29/02/2024