This page gives an introduction to the activities of the laboratory, and also shows some of the equipment used in our laboratory.
Molecular Biology involves studying and manipulating genetic material (DNA, RNA and Protein) that exists in cells. In this laboratory, these molecules are used to advance the field of Molecular Diagnostics, where rapid detection of pathogens such as mycobacteria (Tuberculosis, TB), Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, pathogenic E. coli and other enterobacteriacae, and pathogenic Protozoa is being done at the request of Ugandan research centers (JCRC) and health workers. Basic and applied molecular studies on infectious diseases are also done in this laboratory. Currently, the laboratory has specialized in Molecular epidemiology of Ugandan TB, and has trained many students in this field.
Henceforth, this laboratory is one of the main research and training arms of the department. About 50 undergraduate students train annually and over 150 have trained since its inception in 2003. Approx 50 undergraduate students have done their research in the lab and many continue to do so, while approx 35 Masters Students have done their research in this laboratory.
The laboratory has produced one PhD student, and the first one trained locally by the department of Medical Microbiology, and currently there 5 PhD students in their final year of research.
Annually, the laboratory produces approx 25 publications by her staff.
The laboratory is well staffed and fully equipped. Most of the molecular techniques, ranging from DNA extraction to gene deletion are routinely done in the laboratory.