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Robert Schlaberg, M.D.,, M.P.H.

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Instructor, Department of Pathology, University of Utah

Robert Schlaberg, M.D.,, M.P.H.

Robert Schlaberg, M.D.

Contact Info

Email Address: robert.schlaberg {{at}}

Office Phone Number: 801-583-2787 x 1-3342

Location: ARUP Laboratories

Research Lab: ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Division: Clinical Pathology

Supporting Staff:   Karen J. Nelson  



  • Medical Director, Microbial Amplified Detection & Virology Laboratories
  • Assistant Medical Director, Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories, ARUP laboratories.

About Robert Schlaberg, M.D.,, M.P.H.

Dr. Schlaberg is the medical director of the Microbial Amplified Detection Laboratory and an assistant medical director of the Virology and Molecular Infectious Disease laboratories at ARUP, and an instructor of clinical pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD and doctor medicinæ degrees at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Wuerzburg, Germany and his master of public health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, where he also served as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Schlaberg trained in clinical pathology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he was the chief clinical pathology resident. He is certified in clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology and was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.

Selected Publications

  • 1. Schlaberg R, Mitchell MJ, Taggart EW, She RC. Verification of Performance Specifications of an FDA-Approved Molecular Microbiology Test. Arch Pathol Lab Med; in press
  • 2. Shin CH, Bateman L, Schlaberg R, Bunker AM, Leonard CJ, Hughen RW, Light AR, Light KC, Singh IR. Absence of XMRV and other MLV-related viruses in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. J Virol. 2011 Jul;85(14):7195-202
  • 3. Mitchell MJ, Beavis KG, Wagar EA, Schlaberg R, Carroll KC, Petti CA, Yasin B “A Review of Sentinel Laboratory Performance: Identification and Notification of Bioterrorism Agent”. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2010 Oct;134(10):1490-503
  • 4. Sireci A, Schlaberg R, Kratz A “Method for Optimizing and Validating Institution-Specific Flagging Criteria for Automated Cell Counters”. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2010 Oct;134(10):1528-33
  • 5. Schlaberg R, Choe DJ, Brown KR, Thaker HM, Singh IS “XMRV is present in malignant prostatic epithelium and is associated with prostate cancer, especially high-grade tumors”. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Sep 22;106(38):16351-6. Epub 2009 Sep 8.
  • 6. Schlaberg R, Fisher JG, Bhagat G, Alobeid B “Chronic myeloid leukemia and HIV infection”. Leuk Lymphoma 2008 Jun;49(6):1155-60.
  • 7. Schlaberg R, Huard RC, Della-Latta P “Nocardia cyriacigeorgica is an emerging pathogen in the United States”. J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Jan;46(1):265-73.
  • 8. Solbrig M and Schlaberg R, Briese T, Horscroft N, Lipkin WI “Neuroprotection And Reduced Proliferation of Microglia In Ribavirin-Treated Bornavirus-Infected Rats”. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2002 Jul;46(7):2287-91.
  • 9. Walker MP, Schlaberg R, Hays AP, Bowser R, Lipkin WI “Absence of echovirus sequences in brain and spinal cord of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients”. Ann Neurol 2001 Feb;49(2):249-53.
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Honors and Awards

  • University of Utah Pathology Fellow Research Presentation, 2010, 1st Prize
  • Paul Strandjord Young Investigator Award, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 2006, 2007, and 2008

Professional Education

  • 07/2004 Graduation, Dr. med. – “Antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of ribavirin in Borna virus infected rats, a rodent model of viral encephalitis” Mentors: Prof. Dr. W. Ian Lipkin (University of California Irvine, CA)Prof. Dr. V. ter Meulen (University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • 11/2003 Graduation, M.D. – final grade: 1 (“outstanding”)
  • 10/1997 – 11/2003 University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 09/2004 – 06/2005 Postdoctoral research fellowship with Prof. Dr. W. Ian Lipkin Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 01/07 – 05/08 Master of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 07/08 – 06/09 Co-Chief Resident
  • 06/2005 – 6/2009 Residency training in Clinical Pathology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 07/2009 – 06/2010 Medical Microbiology Fellow,University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT