Research Facilities

Wadsworth Center

Wadsworth Center, the research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, is a science-based community committed to protecting and improving the health of New Yorkers through laboratory analysis, investigations and research, as well as laboratory certification and educational programs.

Scientists at Wadsworth Center study public health issues, from drug resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures; investigate basic biological processes that contribute to human health and disease; employ modern methods such as biomarkers of exposure, and state-of-the-art technologies, among them a resource for visualizing biologically relevant molecules.

As the state's public health reference laboratory, Wadsworth responds to public health threats, develops advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders, and measures and analyzes environmental chemicals.

The Wadsworth Center also operates the most comprehensive laboratory licensure program for clinical and environmental laboratories, and blood and tissue banks trains the next generation of scientists through programs for doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students, as well as specialized training for postdoctoral fellows and others.

Center for Environmental Health

The Center for Environmental Health is an interdisciplinary research and educational component of the NYS Department of Health. Scientific, medical, engineering and public health expertise are applied to the identification, understanding, prevention and mitigation of risks to human health from New York's living and working environments. The Center has three divisions: the Division of Environmental Health Assessment, the Division of Environmental Protection and the Division of Occupational Health and Epidemiology.


The Herbert W. Dickerman Library is a biomedical research library located in the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health. It offers reference services, interlibrary loan, database searching and use of its collection of 50,000 books and technical reports, as well as 1,000 scientific and public health journals. Through the library's homepage, faculty and students of the School of Public Health can access databases (e.g., Medline, Current Contents, HealthStar, Web of Science), over 600 electronic journals, catalogs of the Dickerman Library and other libraries, and various internet resources. The library is open 24 hours a day to faculty and matriculated students. In addition, the Wadsworth Center provides WWW and network access to Entrez, a molecular biology database system produced by NCBI, that presents an integrated view of DNA and protein sequence data, mapping data, 3D structure data and related Medline entries.

Students also have access to the University at Albany campus libraries , which are among the top 100 research libraries in the country. The University Library and the newly opened Science Library on the uptown campus, and the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy on the Downtown Campus contain more than 1.9 million volumes, subscribe to 5,276 periodicals, and provide access to over 2.7 million microform items. The University Libraries provide access to hundreds of journals and a number of full-text databases relevant to the teaching and research needs of the University. These databases contain a wide variety of information, including references to academic journals and popular magazines, abstracts of dissertations, corporate annual reports, and complete articles from newspapers.