Welcome to the UCSF Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center (VDDC) and Chiu Laboratory at UCSF China Basin! The UCSF VDDC is a core facility for viral diagnostics arising from a multi-year collaborative agreement between UCSF and Abbott Laboratories.

A Novel Outbreak Strain of Enterovirus D68 in Association with Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases in the United States

New strain of enterovirus may have caused mystery paralysis
The New York Times, March 30th, 2015
     NBC News, March 30th, 2015
     The Washington Post, March 30th, 2015
     UCSF, March 30th, 2015
     Wired, March 30th, 2015
     Denver Post, March 30th, 2015

Bay Area Scientists Work on Test to Find Ebola Virus Early

(we work only with non-infectious DNA from clinical Ebola samples at UCSF)

KCBS In-Depth: Understanding the Facts About the Ebola Outbreak

Now that Ebola has made its way to the United States, medical experts are working hard to quell fear by offering the facts we know about the virus and how it is spread.

Basic Facts About Ebola

Amid questions and concerns over the recent cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, KPIX 5’s interview with Dr. Charles Chiu, an expert on infectious diseases at University of California at San Francisco may provide answers.

Diagnosis of Neuroleptospirosis by Next-Generation Sequencing
In a First, Test of DNA Finds Root of Illness (June 5th, 2014)

Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed (June 5th, 2014)

Bay Area Scientists Use DNA Tests to Save Wisconsin Teen with 'Bubble Boy' Disease

A 15-year-old boy from Wisconsin is healthy today because of the hard work of Bay Area scientists who dropped everything they were doing and worked round the clock for 48 hours to save him (June 11th, 2014)

Experimental DNA test helps diagnose teen from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Next-generation genomic sequencing tests for viruses, bacteria, fungi (June 11th, 2014)


Developed by the Chiu laboratory, SURPI is a new bioinformatics pipeline for rapid pathogen identification from next-generation sequencing data (June 4th, 2014)

1st MERS virus case in U.S. concerns California experts
The first case of a potentially deadly respiratory infection in the United States (May 4th, 2014)

Influenza 2009H1N1 in the Bay Area during the 2014 Season
Flu claims several lives in Bay Area so far this season (January 10th, 2014)

KTVU Special Report

Local researchers on alert to find dangerous mutated viruses (November, 2012)

CNN Erin Burnett Outfront

Yosemite warns of deadly virus linked to rodents (September 11th, 2012)

Virus Mutation: California Academy of Sciences

Scientists are working hard to keep up on how viruses mutate especially with the recent outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus.