Immunodermatology Laboratory

Immunodermatology testing is essential for the correct diagnosis and treatment of many diseases affecting epithelial organs including skin, mucous membranes, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Tests are performed on blood and tissues that are sent to our laboratory from medical facilities and referring physicians across the United States. The Immunodermatology Laboratory at the University of Utah and its team of Board Certified Immunodermatologists are committed to providing reliable, rapid, and comprehensive diagnostic testing. We welcome all requests from physicians seeking immunodermatology testing.

Contact us at (801) 581-7139 or Additional contact information available here. 

Order your supplies/kits by completing our online form: Online Supply Kit Request Form


Web-Based Reporting

Kristin M. Leiferman, M.D.

John J. Zone, M.D. 

Please click on image below to access our web-based pathology report

Laboratory Staff

Marjorie Allen - Laboratory Supervisor   


Our Services

Immunodermatology Laboratory at the University of Utah Department of Dermatology offers a complete service for direct and indirect immunofluorescence testing:

  • Consultation for clinical questions for patient care and test interpretation
  • Timely reporting
  • Comparison charts and graphs with sequential serum testing
  • Digital images of positive results available upon request
  • Local courier services and expedited prepaid shipping
  • Complimentary specimen kits
  • Laboratory services billing department
  • Extensive participating insurance list

Dr. Kristin Leiferman and Dr. John Zone are available for consultation regarding your patient's skin disease and to provide advice regarding testing and interpretation of results. They can be reached at 801-581-6465.

Immunodermatology Laboratory Brochure

Lab Credentials:

The University of Utah Immunodermatology Laboratory participates in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program and has Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CAP Immunodermatology Certificate

CLIA License #:46D0681916

CAP logo

If you would like a specimen kit, please call, e-mail or fax your request to our laboratory. Your specimen kit(s) with prepaid Fed-Ex return & labels will be sent to you promptly.

Contact Us

Toll Free Phone: 866-266-5699
Local Phone: 801-581-7139

Dr. John Zone & Dr. Kristin Leiferman are available for consultation regarding your patient's skin disease and to provide advice regarding testing and interpretation of results. They can be reached through the laboratory or Dermatology administrative office at 801-581-6465.

Specimen Kit Contents

Kit map Sticker

  • Two tubes with Michel's transport medium (bright green) for skin biopsies (one specimen per tube) for direct immunofluorescence
  • One tube of formalin for fixed tissue histological examination
  • One small empty cryovial for serum
  • Labels for vials
  • Immunodermatology Request Form
  • Information & instruction sheets

Take the time to review our biopsy instructions and specimen transport information.

Specimen Transport Information

Complete the Immunodermatology Request Form. The following patient data are needed for interpretation:

  • Patient's full name
  • Birthdate (if patient is underage, guarantor name and birthdate are also needed)
  • Gender
  • Clinical diagnosis and brief history
  • Biopsy site
  • Exposure of site to sun (sun exposed, non-sun exposed)
  • Relationship to lesional skin (perilesional, involved, uninvolved)
  • Procurement date of all specimens submitted

Online Supply/Kit Request Form

For your convenience, you can order your supplies/kits by completing our online form: Online Supply/Kit Request Form

Mail the specimen(s) in the return mailer at ambient temperature, OR...,

if mailer and transport medium are not available, ship the tissue specimen frozen on dry ice by express mail, packing in enough dry ice to stay frozen until receipt in laboratory. Do NOT mail vials filled with transport medium or formalin on dry ice. Serum should be shipped at ambient temperature.

The specimen kit mailer has a return label. If a mailer is not used, the shipping address is:

Immunodermatology Laboratory
Department of Dermatology
University of Utah Health Care
30 North 1900 East
4A330 School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT. 84132-2409

Patient Billing

Patients may benefit from billing for Immunodermatology testing through their physician because insurance plans may not cover services performed at the University of Utah resulting in direct patient billing; the Immunodermatology billing office staff is knowledgeable and will arrange billing plans to best serve patients and physicians. Specimens also may be sent through the national reference laboratory, ARUP.

Department of Dermatology Billing Office:

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
Local: 801-741-8840
Toll free: 1-800-245-0357

Please Note: Patients are responsible for all medical charges associated with the laboratory services provided at our facility. To verify specific coverage, patients should contact their insurance provider. Insurance participation is subject to change over time. Should you have questions about your billing statement, please contact the Dermatology Billing Office at toll-free 1-800-245-0357. Your physician is not privy to specific information about your University of Utah Immunodermatology laboratory billing services.

Click here to view our Insurance Participation List

Our Immunodermatology Laboratory Office is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time, Monday - Friday. We will return all calls and inquires received after normal business hours the next business day. Our office will be able to assist you with the orders of complimentary specimen kits, testing and billing questions.

Immunodermatology Laboratory
Department of Dermatology
University of Utah Health Care
30 North 1900 East
4A330 School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Phone: (801) 581-7139
Toll-Free: 1-866-266-5699
Fax: (801) 585-5695

Hours of Operation:

University of Utah Immunodermatology Laboratory – Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT

Saturdays & Sundays: Closed

Holidays: Closed (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day).