The Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

The Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland serves as a national resource to aid in the diagnosis of clinically relevant hemoglobinopathies. The laboratory is CLIA and CAP certified and functions as a clinical and diagnostic support laboratory for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Centers, the California State Newborn Screening (NBS) Hemoglobinopathy Follow-up Program, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) several other cord blood banks, as well as clinical referrals from health care providers.

Established in 1973, the laboratory has been a vital component of California’s newborn screening follow-up program, providing confirmatory testing on all newborns with presumptive sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia or HbH disease. The laboratory also assists state NBS programs across the country in the evaluation of clinically relevant hemoglobin variants.

Test results are reported with a clinical interpretation and recommendations within two weeks of sample collection. Staff hematologists are available for clinical consultation with providers.

CLIA license # 05D0698497

Please click here for the list of lab services, or here for the test order form.


Hemoglobinopathy Laboratory
Shabnam Tavassoli, PhD, CLS (ASCP), Supervisor
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Bruce Lyon Memorial Building, Room 202
747 52nd St, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 450-7688, or (510) 450-7944 
Fax: (510) 601-3928 
Email: [email protected]