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Red Blood Cell Lab
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Laboratory Services
Routine Hemoglobinopathy
Molecular Assays
Special Hemoglobin Tests
Red Cell Function Tests
Blood Analysis
Data Evaluation

Study Facilitation
Database Development
Assay Development

Sickle Cell Disease
Other Hemoglobinopathies

Red Cells
Red Cell Membranes
Red Cell Lipids
Red Cell Metabolism

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The Red Blood Cell Laboratory combines the Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory and the Red Cell Research Laboratory to provide comprehensive services in red blood cell research and clinical diagnostics.


Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory

Red Cell Research Laboratory

The Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland (CHRCO) was established by Bertram Lubin, MD and Elliott Vichinsky, MD in 1979.

The laboratory is an internationally recognized clinical resource for the diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders. It serves as the reference laboratory for the California State Newborn Screening Program, as well as major cord blood centers across the country to perform definitive testing for hemoglobinopathies.

The Red Cell Research Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) was established in 1987, and is directed by Frans Kuypers.PhD.

The laboratory is internationally recognized as a resource for lipid biology, red blood cell disorders, membrane biology and hemoglobinopathies.

The laboratory is a core laboratory for translational studies in sickle cell disease and thalassemia.


Both the Hemoglobinopathy Reference and Red Cell Research Laboratory are resources for the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Center at CHRCO and CHORI.