Female researcher looking under a microscopeWelcome to Laboratory Services

Testing services support the investigation of disease outbreaks and provide direction for disease prevention and control activities. The laboratory serves in a reference capacity for local health units, private and community healthcare facilities and veterinary laboratories. Testing methods address specific public health issues such as emerging infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and bioterrorism preparedness. Timely sample testing aids in the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases and many other diseases.

Environmental hazard mitigation is accomplished through monitoring water and dairy products for compliance through mosquito surveillance activities and through the support of investigational responses to natural or man-made disasters. In addition, outreach programs provide training in safety and laboratory testing methods and promote cooperative sharing with other agencies, both public and private.

HHS Vision

North Dakota is the healthiest state in the nation. 

To achieve our vision, North Dakota Health & Human Services is committed to improving the health status of the people of ND, improving access to and delivery of quality health care, preserving and improving the quality of the environment, promoting a state of emergency readiness and response, and achieving strategic outcomes within available resources.

Services and Resources


Taking a water sample for testing

Water Testing

Find details on private well water testing, legionella water testing and water sampling schedules.

2024 Water Sampling Schedule
Get information on water testing >


Non human testing in laboratory

Nonhuman Testing

Information on rabies virus animal testing, the mosquito surveillance program and the tick surveillance program.

Get information on these programs >


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Get biothreat information like identification flowcharts, bioterrorism agent testing and other resources.

See biothreat resources >


Packaging and Shipping


North Dakota Microbiology Memos


Department of Health & Human Services
Laboratory Services

2635 E. Main Ave.
P.O. Box 5520
Bismarck, ND 58506-5520

Phone: (701) 328.6272
Fax: (701) 328.6280

After hours, holidays and weekends, contact State Radio at: (800) 472.2121 or (701) 319.8569 for emergencies only.

CLIA Laboratory Director
Laurie Linz, MD

Section Director
Christie Massen Ph.D., M.S., MLS
(701) 328-6288

Director of Quality Management
Heather Sease
(701) 328-6279

Director of Special Microbiology
Kristie Schwarzkopf
(701) 328-6283

Director of General Microbiology
Lisa Well
(701) 328-6292

Director of Biothreat
Stacey Alexander
(701) 328-6295

Steve Flemmer
(701) 328-6284