Postgraduate Research Laboratories

    The Faculty of Applied Sciences maintains two laboratories dedicated to postgraduate research.

  • Phytochemistry Laboratory

    The Phytochemistry Laboratory house various instruments used to find, isolate, and identify novel natural products with medicinal value. Our research team collect plant samples from various localities for chemical analysis and bioactivity studies to new sources of beneficial plant compounds.

  • Molecular Biology Laboratory

    The facilities available at our Molecular Biology Laboratory allows for the study of biology at the molecular levels. Our research team regularly conducts a wide range of basic and applied research activities including gene based, protein based and molecular based studies.

    Feature instruments

  • WiseClean WUC-A06H

    An ultrasonic bath used for sample extraction and for removing dirt, grease and waxes from laboratory apparatus using ultrasonic frequency

  • Applied Biosystems StepOne Real-Time PCR System

    The StepOne Real-Time PCR System is a 48-well, Real-Time PCR instrument perfect for both first-time and experienced users. Utilizing robust LED based 3-color optical recording, the StepOne Real-Time PCR System is designed to deliver precise, quantitative Real-Time PCR results for a variety of genomic research applications.

  • Bio-Rad Gel Doc XR+ imaging system

    The Gel Doc™ XR+ system is based on CCD high-resolution, high-sensitivity detection technology and modular options to accommodate a wide range of samples and support multiple detection methods. The system accommodates a wide array of samples, from large polyacrylamide gels to small agarose gels and various blots. The system enables image analysis and documentation of restriction digests, amplified nucleic acids, genetic fingerprinting, RFLPs, and protein SDS-PAGE.

  • BioLogic DuoFlow™ Medium-Pressure Chromatograph

    BioLogic DuoFlow Medium-Pressure Chromatography system is an FPLC system used to separate and purify biological molecules. It can be used for both preparative and analytical purposes medium pressure chromatography is typically used with columns that are not designed for the high pressures in HPLC instruments. Columns used with medium pressure chromatography typically include ion-exchange and affinity columns.

  • FLUOstar Omega

    FLUOstar Omega is a multimode microplate reader with five detection modes. It utilizes an ultra-fast UV/Vis spectrometer or filters for absorbance as well as highly sensitive filters for all other detection modes. The FLUOstar Omega is the ideal plate reader for life science applications.

  • Q500 Sonicator

    The Q500 is a powerful ultrasonic processor featuring programmable operation and a digital display of operating parameters. Popular applications include nanoparticle dispersion, creating emulsions, cell lysis and homogenization.

  • Agilent 1200 Series High Performance Liquid Chromatography System

    Our Agilent 1200 HPLC system can be adapted for both analytical and semi-preparative isolation of natural products. It includes all the basic UV-vis HPLC modules and also other additional modules. These additional modules includes a column temperature control for high resolution separation at elevated temperatures and an auto-sampler for high throughput analysis.

  • Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatograph

    Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatograph is a robust analytical instrument used for the analysis of volatile chemicals. It has a wide range of applications including fatty acid analysis, flavour analysis as well as detection of certain food additives and pesticide residue.

  • CAMAG High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography System

    CAMAG High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography system is one of the most advanced of instrumental Thin Layer Chromatography systems available. Compared to conventional TLC systems, HPTLC includes a widely standardized methodology. Every aspect of the analysis from sample loading, band resolution and plate visualisation is conducted under properly regulated conditions to ensure high precision. Analytical methods are easy to develop and many natural product samples can be analysed simultaneously.


    The LABSONIC® P homogenizer is designed for higher output up to 400 W and correspondingly for treatment of larger samples. Several liters can be sonicated in batch mode, whereas 10 to 50 L/h can be processed in continuous mode using a flow cell.

    Undergraduate Research Laboratories

    The seven purpose built undergraduate laboratories maintained by the Faculty of Applied Sciences are typically used for teaching and for undergraduate students to conduct their undergraduate research project.

  • Aquatic Science Lab

    As the only local private university that offers aquatic science and aquaculture course, UCSI University has invested heavily in its new dry and wet labs equipped with aquarium tanks ranging from one to eight feet in length. The new facility is also home to the jellyfish kreisel tank, a carefully designed circular aquarium made specifically for jellyfish and seahorses that are sensitive to water pumps or even the corners of the tank itself.

  • Microbiology Lab

    This facility houses all the bacterial and fungal cultures used in research and teaching. Well-equipped to culture, store and contain microbes, the facility supports cutting - edge research in the areas of drug discovery, environmental health, food safety and antimicrobial therapies.

  • Food Science Lab

    Used for both teaching and research, this facility houses a wide range of instruments that are used to determine the physiochemical properties and sensory characteristics of food, as well as the ideal packaging for long term storage. High standards of hygiene are maintained to accurately simulate industry practices like GMP and HACCP.

  • Biochemistry Lab

    Equipped with an abundance of analytical instruments, this facility supports the analysis of biochemical enzymes, as well as organic and inorganic molecules. Training at the lab focuses on techniques that identify, quantify and separate components within natural and artificial materials.

  • Cell Tissue Culture Lab

    Specially built to culture plant and animal cells, this facility is equipped with advanced imaging technology that enables researchers to visualise the cell growth and condition. A sterile environment is maintained to house the many instruments for culturing plant and animal cells including photosynthetic growth chambers, carbon dioxide incubators and biosafety cabinets.

  • Chemistry Lab

    Used primarily for teaching, this lab houses various instruments and reagents for chemical assays and analysis.

  • Biotechnology Lab

    Biotechnology Lab

    Housing a freeze dryer, spectrophotometers and PCR instruments, this facility houses a wide range of research apparatus and analytical instruments.

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