The Molecular Biology laboratory focuses on research extending from molecular genetics to structural biology and in vitro cell lines screening. Techniques of modern molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics are utilised along with a full range of research tools such as a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) sequencer and PCR (polymerase chain reaction machine).
One of the key research areas of the Molecular Biology laboratory is to screen for potential anti-cancer compounds from plants, actinomycetes and fungi. For this, the research team isolates bioactive compounds which are then identified and characterized using LC-MS (liquid chromatography mass spectrometry) and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance).
The laboratory also routinely carries out DNA replication, extraction and amplification, RNA (ribonucliec acid) and protein extraction, and is also establishing a metagenomic library of soil micro-organisms.
Besides these, the laboratory also investigates the phylogenetics of micro-organisms and plants where species of these micro-organisms and plants are identified based on sequencing outputs.