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Dr. Abouelkhair in the lab

Our diagnostic laboratories are closed Monday, June 19, 2023, in observance of Juneteenth.

General Information

The Clinical Virology Laboratory offers routine serological (including the Equine Infectious Anemia Routine AGID and ELISA formats (also known as the Coggins test)), molecular testing, diagnostic panels services for domestic and non-domestic species. Laboratory staff include ACVM-certified clinical microbiologists. The laboratory operates state-of-the-art instrumentation maintained according to standard operating procedures. Daily quality assurance and quality control procedures are in place to ensure accurate patient data. The laboratory additionally participates in regular external quality assessment administered by Veterinary Laboratory Association (VLA).


Working with the state veterinarian, our Virology Laboratory now offers testing for SARS-CoV-2. Veterinarians are encouraged to consider more common causes of illness in animals and should use their clinical judgement when deciding whether to test animals for SARS-CoV-2. To discuss testing an animal for SARS-CoV-2, veterinarians should email the director of the UTCVM virology laboratory, Dr. Mohamed Abouelkhair, for approval of the diagnostic plan. SARS CoV-2 Testing Protocol

Dr. Abouelkhair is looking for:

  1. Graduate student position in Cancer immunology, Tumor microenvironment. The program is based in Comparative and Experimental Medicine and will conduct research on Cancer immunology, Tumor microenvironment. The student will focus on Engineering the immune system for cancer therapy. The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, with some experience in research and strong skills in English written and oral communication. Preference will be given to candidates who have earned a DVM or equivalent degree; preference is given to graduates of AVMA accredited Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Projects will require the development of expertise in cell and tissue culture, Next-generation sequencing, short and long-read single-cell sequencing, RNA scope, Flow cytometry, histopathology, a variety of analytical techniques, and statistical data and bioinformatics analysis. The applicant must be successfully admitted to and fulfill all degree requirements of the Comparative and Experimental Medicine graduate program (, conduct research in vitro and in vivo, and ensure IACUC compliance, generate progress reports, and write manuscripts based on the study results. All GRAs are expected to help with research studies outside of their personal program.
  2. A bioinformatician/ microbial genomics data analyst (postdoc or other levels) to join my team. Also, remote working is possible if communication is most efficient.

Contact Information


• Fax: (865) 974-5644
• Phone: (865) 974-5880
• Email:


• 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
• Monday – Friday
• * The lab operates with limited staffing on university administrative closing days.

Shipping Address

• University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
• Clinical Virology Laboratory
• 2407 River Drive, Rm A-239
• Knoxville, TN 37996-4543