The reference laboratory is directed by Dr. Moon H. Nahm (email The laboratory serves the vaccine community by providing reference materials, assay protocols, and additional vaccine-related information. Scroll over the menu bar above to view available resources.


  • This website! The website has been re-designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Reference Lab website.
  • We have released an updated version of the UAB-MOPA protocol (Version E.02, December 2014), click here.
  • The NICE colony counting software is now available. For more information click here.
  • The bridging of ELISA standard 89SF to the new standard, 007sp, is complete. For the 007sp assigned values and a description of how those values were determined click here. When 007sp is used in the ELISA, it must be absorbed with both C-PS and 22F PS. To request 007sp, please contact Dr. Mustafa Akkoyunlu (
  • MOPA users, we have recently had problems with the performance of optochin in the assay. Click here for details.

UAB has a hospital complex with about 1000 hospital beds and 140 buildings covering more than 2 square kilometers, click here for more information.

UAB also has many scientists working in multiple areas of biomedical research, with more than $230 million dollars in NIH funding in 2016. For more information about research activities at UAB, click here. For additional information about principal investigators studying pneumococci at UAB, click here.

To contact our laboratory, email Dr. Moon Nahm or Mr. Rob Burton.