The University of Baguio (UB) has recently unveiled its newest addition to its facilities with the opening of the Molecular Biology Laboratory under the School of Natural Sciences. Molecular Biology & Diagnostics (MBIODX1) is a course offering included in the new BSMLS curriculum (effective 2018-2019), and the university has started offering this subject during the 2nd semester AY 2020-2021 among 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS) students. The minimum requirements for laboratory equipment and supplies in Molecular Diagnostics are indicated in CMO no. 13 s2017.
In addition to the MBIODX1 of the BSMLS program, the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (BSFS) program of the School of Criminal Justice and Public Safety (SCJPS) has course offerings in which molecular biology applications are useful: Forensic DNA, Forensic Instrumentation & Mass Fatality Investigation.
The Molecular Biolab is a large, well-designed laboratory with strong safety protocols. The lab is outfitted with fully equipped workstations, specialized laboratory benches, and cutting-edge devices like PCR machines, gel electrophoresis systems, spectrophotometers, and centrifuges.
Students can use these modern tools to execute numerous experiments and examine biological material with precision and accuracy. It provides advanced resources for students to investigate the topic of molecular biology and perform cutting-edge research. The lab provides a dynamic learning environment in which students can dig into the complexities of genetics, DNA sequencing, protein analysis, and other molecular biology procedures.
A Molecular Biology Laboratory can also serve as a research hub, not only for the school but for the institution. It serves as a centralized area where research-related activities can be conducted.
Students enrolled in the School of Natural Sciences will have the privilege of utilizing the Molecular Biolab for their coursework, projects, and research endeavors. This hands-on experience will not only enhance their theoretical understanding of molecular biology but also equip them with practical skills that are highly valued in various scientific industries.
Students who will be conducting their research in the Molecular Biology Laboratory must also know the safety protocols, procedures, and guidelines for the safety of every individual. This is in congruence with SDG No. 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, as the students will be expected to handle research materials with the right amount of care and mindfulness to avoid unnecessary waste and waste production.
The establishment of the Molecular Biolab at UB marks an important milestone in the university’s journey towards academic excellence. With this new facility, UB aims to inspire and empower the next generation of molecular biologists, fostering innovation, and contributing to advancements in the field of natural sciences.
Written by CSR Laboratory Custodians