Fighting TB Worldwide

We help developing nations with high rates of TB to improve their laboratory services and enhance their ability to combat the disease. Our customized strategic plans assist with laboratory development, quality assurance, and surveillance. 

A program of UMass Medical School, the MSRL is one of a select group of facilities designated as a World Health Organization supranational reference laboratory.


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Alexander Sloutsky, Director of the Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory, coauthored a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on the Introduction of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Peru. The report, titled Multiple Introductions of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis into Households, Lima, Peru, was published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal in June, 2011.

The report’s research findings show that secondary cases of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) can...

What We're Currently Doing

As a member of the WHO endorsed SRL network, the MSRL currently has active technical assistance projects in Ecuador, Haiti, Peru, and Suriname. Amongst our activities, MSRL is implementing GeneXpert (Xpert MTB-RIF), establishing panel-based EQA for AFB Smear Microscopy, and supporting National Reference Laboratories in the GLI Stepwise Process Towards TB Laboratory Accreditation. At home, MSRL has been utilizing our well-characterized collection of clinical isolates to support internal and external research projects. Supporting both device manufacturers and drug developers with access to our collection and providing core reference laboratory services. Interested in learning more about our collection and how we can support your project? Please contact


Where Our Work Is

Current and past project locations

Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory

University of Massachusetts Medical School
305 South Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-983-6912