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The Red Blood Cell Laboratory provides comprehensive services in red cell biology and hemoglobin disorders, and combines the Hemoglobinopathy laboratory at Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (CHRCO) and the Red Cell Research Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Both laboratories are internationally recognized as a clinical resource for the diagnosis of hemoglobin and red cell disorders. These laboratories are an integral part of CHRCO's Comprehensive Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Centers and the Research Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia at CHORI.

We provide both clinical diagnostics and research laboratory assays.

-Comprehensive services using state-of-the-art protein chemistry and molecular methods for the detection of hemoglobinopathies.

-A large variety of hematology tests and measurements of red blood cell characteristics.
-Diagnostic testing for cord blood repositories across the country and internationally.
-Support for clinical and translational studies in hematology.

CLIA and CAP certified results of clinical diagnostics testing are released to referring health care professionals for use in diagnosis, counseling, and development of a treatment plan.


Translational studies in hemoglobinopathies thrive on a partnership between a research laboratory and clinical staff. Our laboratory provides comprehensive support in planning, execution and evaluation of translational studies. A large variety of research laboratory assays are performed under best laboratory practices: we will develop and implement new assays as needed for research studies.


The executive directors of the laboratories, Carolyn Hoppe, MD and Frans Kuypers, PhD have a long standing record in hemoglobinopathy and red cell research. The laboratory managers Mahin Azimi, BS and Sandra Larkin, MS have extensive experience in providing laboratory services for clinical, translational and basic studies.